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New TUSD board member appointed: Alexandre Sugiyama

Dr. Alexandre Sugiyama has been appointed to the TUSD Governing Board, filling the seat left vacant when Judy Burns died in October, the Pima County superindent of schools announced Friday.

Sugiyama will serve out the remainder of Burns' term, through Dec. 31, 2012, said a press release from county schools chief Linda Arzoumanian.

Sugiyama, a University of Arizona economics lecturer, was chosen from a field of 54 applicants. A community advisory committee forwarded three names — Sugiyama, Ronald Michaels and Ross Sheard — to Arzoumanian, who interviewed the candidates.

From Arzoumanian's release on Sugiyama:

A long-time Tucson resident, he earned both his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics prior to launching a post-graduate career in the financial industry.  Dr. Sugiyama is motivated to serve on the TUSD board by his two young daughters as well as a strong belief that “educational excellence allows for the American dream to continue for a new generation.” 

Sugiyama will take office Jan. 3, the release said.

Sugiyama did not respond to a request for comment on his appointment.

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