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FROM: P. Anthony Zeiss, Chair, Board of Directors, League for Innovation in the Community College; President, Central Piedmont Community College

PHOENIX—September 9, 2004

For Immediate Release:

The League Board of Directors regrets to announce that beginning in October, the President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Dr. Mark David Milliron, will be stepping down. After close to eight years of work with the League (www.league.org/mark), Mark will be making a move to ground his family in North Carolina and continue his work in the education world in another capacity.

League Board Chair and President of Central Piedmont Community College, Dr. Tony Zeiss, noted that “Mark put together an exemplary staff and moved League services to an entirely new level. The combination of his intellect, professional skill, and business acumen made him an outstanding CEO. Mark is the man of the hour, and we will all miss him.”

Mark has accepted a position as Executive Director, Americas' Education Practice, with the SAS Institute (www.sas.com). SAS is the largest private software company in the world ($1.3 billion) and is an industry leader in decision support systems, analytics, and customer relationship management. They support academic programs; financial, student service, and instructional software solutions; and targeted philanthropy in the K-Ph.D. arena. The corporate offices for SAS are in Cary, NC, which moves Mark closer to his extended family, while allowing him to stay active in education innovation, outreach, and philanthropy. The League Board of Directors will keep a tight affiliation with Mark, naming him a Senior League Fellow to aid in the transition. In this position, he will serve as a key advisor to the League on continuing projects and activities.

The League Board has named Dr. Gerardo E. de los Santos the Interim CEO. Gerardo currently serves as the League's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Zeiss noted, “This move will allow for the great work of the League to continue without skipping a beat.” Gerardo will continue leading the outstanding League for Innovation staff in Phoenix and working with League constituencies nationally and internationally.