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Constance Carroll Appointed to Presidential Committee

San Diego Community College District Chancellor Emerita Constance Carroll has been appointed by President Joe Biden to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The influential national committee plays a vital role in the advancement of arts and humanities education, cultural diplomacy and the creative economy.

Carroll, who served as the college district’s chancellor from 2004 to 2021, retired from that position and now serves as president of the California Community College Baccalaureate Association, a nonprofit that supports and expands four-year degrees at the state’s community colleges in select workforce fields.

“I am honored by this appointment to support the arts and humanities as part of President Biden’s national committee,” Carroll said. “The arts and humanities are central to our understanding of history, cultures, expression, and the myriad issues associated with the quality of life, both in America and around the world.”

First Lady Jill Biden serves as honorary chair of the committee, and its membership includes prominent artists, scholars and philanthropists. The committee facilitates public-private partnerships, promotes interagency cooperation and proposes programs that enhance arts, humanities, museums and library services across the country.

Before serving as chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, Carroll served as president of three community colleges: San Diego Mesa College, Saddleback College and Indian Valley College.

Carroll also was nominated in 2011 by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Humanities Council, which is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, a position she still holds.


Audrey W. Surridge, an attorney in Fisher Phillips’ San Diego office, has been elected to serve as President of Lawyers Club of San Diego for 2023-2024. Surridge will be sworn in at the Lawyers Club Annual Dinner and will begin her term in July.

Over 1,100 members strong, Lawyers Club of San Diego is a specialty bar association founded in 1972. The organization’s mission to “advance the status of women in the law and society.” The association’s members include attorneys, judges, law students and people of any gender who are committed to ensuring all people receive fair treatment under the law and inside and outside the workplace, regardless of sex.

“Lawyers Club of San Diego has made a significant impact on my professional development and personal growth,” said Surridge. “I am deeply honored by this opportunity to give back to an organization that means so much to me.  The work of Lawyers Club is relevant and vital.”

“Audrey represents the best of what Fisher Phillips has to offer as she is always striving to make a positive impact on the firm, the profession, and the community as a whole,” said Christopher C. Hoffman, regional managing partner of Fisher Phillips’ San Diego office. “We will rally around her in her new leadership role, and she will have our support as she continues her dedication to this important organization.”


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