Milpitas Community Educational Endowment Founder Robert Jung was selected as the provisional appointment to the Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Trustees at the February 7 special meeting at Randall Elementary World Languages School.
“I believe that my passion, my vision and my experience are key contributions that I can bring to the board, which can help strengthen the governance team,” said Jung in his closing remarks. “I'm excited for what’s in our future, especially with our additions of the Innovation Campus, new theater as well as our growing world languages school.”
Jung, who was previously appointed to the MUSD school board in 2017-18, will serve the remainder of the departed Hon Lien’s term through November 2024. Lien vacated her seat after winning election to the Milpitas City Council.
Jung was among a four-applicant pool that included former Milpitas High School Athletic Booster Club President Rosana Cacao, Community Board Advisory Committee President William Lam and auditor Doug Sueoka. A fifth candidate had withdrawn his name from consideration prior to the Feb. 7 special meeting.
“It’s so wonderful to see the engagement in education and for each of you to step up and have the courage to come in front of us,” said Vice President Minh Ngo prior to the board’s vote. “This is definitely going to be a tough choice for the board, but I hope each of you continue to be engaged because we need engaged parents and community members for our district to continue to grow.”
After each candidate gave opening and closing statements, as well as answered questions from the Board, Jung received three votes of approval from Board President Chris Norwood, Vice President Minh Ngo and Trustee Anu Nakka, with Board Clerk Kelly Yip-Chuan giving her support to Sueoka.
“All the candidates brought their own unique set of skills and experiences to the table and each of them should be commended for being part of our appointment process,” said Superintendent Cheryl Jordan. “We look forward to Mr. Jung joining our governance team and helping to support all of our staff and students.”
Once confirmed, Jung, who is active in the community with Hope for the Unhoused and the Rotary Club of Milpitas, was sworn in for his seat on the school board with the Oath of Office.
“I’m hopeful that no matter what the outcome is that we can all stay connected and you can learn more about the school district,” said Board President Norwood at the conclusion of the interview process. “This time will come again soon and now that you have an idea of what this is like hopefully it will inspire you to continue your work.”
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The governing board of Milpitas Unified School District will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.