CSLA Distinguished Educators 1996

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/18/96

CONTACT: Margie Yu
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

James A. Figueroa and Walfred J. Fassler to be Honored at
CSLA Distinguished Educator Awards Dinner

Los Angeles, California -- October 18, 1996 -- On Thursday, November 14, 1996, the Friends of the Charter School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles will honor James A. Figueroa and Walfred J. (Wally) Fassler at the seventh annual Distinguished Educator Awards Dinner. The distinguished awards are presented annually to recognize leaders in the field of education whose lives and careers have made a difference for students in the public schools. The event, to be held at the Almansor Court Restaurant in Alhambra, will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.

James A. Figueroa, the recipient of this year's Distinguished Educator Award, is the assistant superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Division of Adult and Career Education, the nation's largest public school adult education system. In his capacity, Figueroa oversees a budget of $200 million with a staff of 3,500 full-time teachers and 1,500 support personnel. The Division of Adult and Career Education annually serves 400,000 adult and young adult students in 26 community adult schools, ten occupational and skill centers, and the regional occupational program.

Figueroa received his bachelor's degree in 1963 and master's degree in 1970 from Cal State L.A. He was the recipient of the 1993 Los Ninos Heroes Award and the 1995 District Administrator of the Year Award. He has been assistant principal for Evans Community Adult School, principal for Roosevelt Community Adult School and director for Adult Education in the Division of Adult and Occupational Education. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Achievement Council, Economics America of California, Institute of Natural Medicine and National Alliance of Business-Western Region.

Walfred J. (Wally) Fassler, the recipient of the Honorary Distinguished Educator Award, is the regional vice president for Chevron Products Company. He currently coordinates Chevron's public affairs activities in Southern California and Arizona, and serves as the principal representative dealing with the public, government agencies, educational institutions, trade associations, community and business groups in Southern California. He began his career with Chevron in 1956 working in service station maintenance and retail sales.

Fassler received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is on the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee and is chair of its Education Committee. In addition, he serves on the boards of USC School of Public Administration, California State University Foundation, Independent Colleges of Southern California, Achievement Council and American Red Cross, L.A. Chapter.

The Friends of the Charter School of Education is a support group of alumni, educators and community members whose principal objectives are to give scholarship assistance to men and women enrolled in the University's Charter School of Education and to support other activities of the School. These scholarships assist future educators who will be teaching and providing educational opportunities for children.

For an invitation or information regarding the Distinguished Educator Awards Dinner, call the CSLA Charter School of Education Development Office at (323) 343-4446.

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