Public health consultant Geysil Arroyo has been appointed to fill a vacant seat on the San Diego Community College District board of trustees.
The board made the appointment during a special meeting on Feb. 8 to fill the vacancy created when Sean Elo-Rivera was elected in November to the San Diego City Council. Arroyo then took the oath of office on Feb. 11.
Arroyo grew up in Tijuana and San Diego and attended both San Diego City and Mesa colleges before matriculating to UC San Diego. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and serves on the San Diego County Health Services Advisory Board.
She will serve as the representative from Area E, which stretches from North Park south through City Heights and downtown San Diego to Barrio Logan.
The board decided to make an appointment to fill the final two years of Elo-Rivera’s term because the cost of calling a special election, estimated at up to $650,000, was considered prohibitive.
Five qualified residents applied for the position. The trustees interviewed all five in open session during a special meeting held Feb. 4.
“The board of trustees has been committed to filling the vacancy through a public, transparent process,” said Board President Maria Nieto Senour. “The SDCCD welcomes Geysil Arroyo to the governing board as it navigates many challenges and finalizes its selection of a new district chancellor.”