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Former professor Michael Sonnleitner joins Portland Community College board

For the first time, a former Portland Community College faculty member will help set policy on the college’s Board of Directors.COURTESY PCC - Michael Sonnleitner

Former political science professor Michael Sonnleitner won 38.4 percent of the popular vote on May 19. The Zone 3 seat was also contested by Anita Yap and Courtney Wilton, who each received about 30 percent of the vote.

Sonnleitner, who also serves on the Montavilla Neighborhood Association, focused his 27-year teaching career on people like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi, as well as issues of social change, violence and nonviolence. In 2010 he was a Fulbright Scholar to India.

In a statement, Sonnleitner said: “I look forward to working with a talented board to improve upon a culture of collaboration in which diverse populations are embraced and empowered to participate in respectful discourse where critical thinking is encouraged and creative problem solving is appreciated.”