September 9, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 2

Irene Tovar Named President of CSUN Alumni Association

Alumna Was Recipient of University's 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award

Irene Tovar, executive director of the San Fernando-based Latin American Civic Association and a university alumna, has been named president of Cal State Northridge's Alumni Association for 2002-03.

Tovar, a recipient of one of the university's Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2000, was elected president at the Alumni Association's annual meeting in June.

"It's appropriate at this time in our history to have someone of Irene's prominence leading our organization," said D.G. "Gray" Mounger, executive director of the Alumni Association. "Irene is somebody who has made a great impact in everything she has been involved in. We hope she leaves her mark on us as well."

Tovar said she was honored to be chosen as the association's new president. She said one of her goals will be to encourage all of the university's graduates to join the Alumni Association and "show their appreciation for all that this campus has given to us, and to give back to it."

Tovar said going to Northridge made an impact on her life. "I always tell people that the education I received at CSUN has made all the difference in my life, both professionally and personally," she said.

Tovar graduated from CSUN in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in social science. She helped establish the Latin American Civic Association while she was a student. LACA oversees Head Start schools throughout the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

Tovar also has served as vice president and president of the State Personnel Board, vice president and president of the Los Angeles City Civil Service Commission and founded San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services.

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