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Two Named to Board of Trustees of Pomona College

Michael S. Segal and Sabrina May-Kar Ling have been elected to the Board of Trustees of Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, at the Board’s May meeting.

Michael Segal is president and chief executive officer of FS Fred Segal where he oversees operations of the 40-year-old, family-owned company that owns and operates property, including Fred Segal Santa Monica, internationally known for impeccable service and trend-setting fashion attracting style-conscious customers, ambitious young stylists and celebrities. Segal graduated cum laude with a degree in sociology from Pomona College in 1979. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theatre arts (motion picture/television critical studies) at UCLA. While at Pomona College, Segal was the social affairs director for ASPC and for Phi Delta, a member of the water polo team, and participated in the student exchange program with Colby College. Since graduating from Pomona College, Segal has maintained strong ties with the college and his classmates by serving on several alumni boards and committees, including service as chair of the Torchbearer Board, national chair for Annual Giving 2001, co-chair for the 20th and the 25th Reunion Fund committees. He also participates in Pomona College’s Career Development Volunteer Program, through which groups of Pomona College students tour the Fred Segal Santa Monica and meet with store owners and buyers. Segal also is active in other organizations, including serving as a trustee of Harvard-Westlake School, a 7th- through 12th-grade independent day school; as a director of Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to improving Santa Monica Bay and educating more than 25,000 students annually about water quality; and as president of the Westside Breakers Soccer Club, which serves 175 female youth athletes.

Sabrina May-Kar Ling has been elected to fill the position of the young alumni trustee. Board by-laws require the Board to maintain one member who has graduated from Pomona College no more than seven years earlier at the time of election. A corporate trainer with The Capital Group investment company, Ling graduated cum laude from Pomona College in 2001 with a degree in science, technology and society with an emphasis in biology. As a student, Ling participated in the Pomona College Internship Program as a health-care consulting intern at Citrus Valley Health Partners and mentored middle- and high-school students as part of Pomona Partners, a college organization that brings students into local public schools. She also was a Science, Technology and Society Department liaison; manager of the student calling program which raised funds for the school by calling potential donors; chair of the Orientation Committee; a member of the Senior Gift Committee; a Pomona College Tour Guide; and spent a semester abroad studying in Madrid, Spain. Since graduation, Ling has continued her fundraising for Pomona College by serving as a Pomonathon caller and on the Torchbearer Board, both of which are dedicated to raising funds for the college. As an active community member, Ling is a graduate of the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program, a 10-month program sponsored by the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce in which participants receive training in how to be an effective member of a non-profit board. During the program, Ling completed an internship on the board of the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Foundation. In 2000, she was a leader at the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, which provides summer workshops and skill-building sessions to raise awareness of public policies affecting Asian Pacifica American populations and promote leadership in the community, and was a Best Practices Intern for the National Network for Youth, where she developed an HIV/AIDS curriculum for teenagers to be used in organizations around the country.

The Pomona College Board of Trustees is the governing board of Pomona College and deals with academic, administrative and fiscal matters. The 38-member board is national in composition and represents most major sectors of society and the economy. The members are elected to three-year terms.

Pomona College offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.