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Gov. Christine Gregoire appoints two to State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2005

Gov. Christine Gregoire today announced the appointment of two people to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. They are:

Reuven Carlyle of Seattle, who has been appointed to a term effective April 5, 2005, and ending April 3, 2009. Carlyle's professional background is in the wireless and software industries including business development and government relations for McCaw Cellular Communications/AT&T Wireless, Xypoint and other Seattle-area companies. He helped build Xypoint from a small wireless startup to the largest provider of emergency wireless E911 services in the nation serving Verizon, Cingular and other major carriers. Carlyle also co-founded an international business development and financing consulting company to help Israeli-based software companies enter the U.S. market. He is a founding board member of the City Year Seattle/King County and also serves on the board of directors of Hillel at the University of Washington. He is a passionate advocate for mandatory national and community service for young people and father of three, with a deep-seeded belief that grand ideas, which at first seem impossible, are usually the ones most worth pursuing. He replaces Paul Hutton on the state board.

Lyle Quasim of Puyallup, who has been appointed to a term effective April 5, 2005, and ending April 3, 2009. Quasim is currently chief of staff for Pierce County Executive. He was secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services, where he served from 1995-2000. Prior to becoming secretary, Quasim served as assistant secretary of the Health and Rehabilitative Services Administration, and worked in several administrative and management positions within the Department of Social and Health Services. He has also served as director of Safe Streets Campaign in Tacoma. Quasim has been honored with numerous awards, ranging from Urban League Person of the Year to the Washington Leadership Institute Commendation. He is chairman of the Tacoma/Pierce County Black Collective and serves on numerous boards, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Tacoma Community Foundation, and the Tacoma Center YMCA. Quasim has masters and bachelor degrees in sociology, and has served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He replaces Jose Ruiz on the state board.

The Board for Community and Technical Colleges serves as the governing board for the state's community and technical college system. It prepares and submits to governor the budget for the community and technical colleges system, disburses funds to the 30 colleges, and establishes standards for staffing, financial procedures, curriculum, degree and admission policies.

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