AICCU President Kristen Soares Issues Statement on Thousand Oaks Shooting
Kristen Soares, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities President, issued the following statement regarding last night’s Thousand Oaks shooting.
“My colleagues and I are deeply saddened by the senseless shooting in Thousand Oaks, and we wish to share our condolences to the victims as well as their families and loved ones as they mourn last night’s tragic events. Our hearts are with everyone affected and those in the California Lutheran University community, as we have learned that one of last night’s victims was Justin Meek. A recent Cal Lutheran graduate, Justin was only 23 years old when his life was taken. We have also learned of another victim, Alaina Housley, a Freshmen at Pepperdine University whose life was also tragically taken. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and the Cal Lutheran and Pepperdine communities during this difficult time.
AICCU will offer all possible support and assistance to California Lutheran University and Pepperdine University to ensure students, administrators, faculty and surrounding communities may recover and heal from the heart-breaking events from last night.”
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The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 83 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities, which make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities (ICCU) sector. The ICCU sector plays a pivotal role in the development of the state’s model higher education offerings and in making California a symbol of innovation across the globe. Within California, ICCU institutions award over 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees and over 50 percent of graduate degrees, making them the largest preparers of California’s advanced workforce.