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January 30, 2002

Florida Board of Education Member Charles Patrick Garcia Named to President's Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

The White House said President Bush has appointed Charles Patrick Garcia, chairman and founder of Sterling Financial Group of Cos. to the President's Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

The commission is charged with the responsibility of charting a multi-year plan to close the educational achievement gap for Hispanic Americans, the White House said.

Garcia is one of 17 members from across the country appointed by the Bush to the commission. Garcia was named by Gov. Jeb Bush in July to the Florida Board of Education, a new seven-member board responsible for rewriting the state's education codem reorganizing the education department and approving the education budget.

Garcia's company, Sterling Financial Investment Group, is an investment-banking firm that provides financial research in the health care and biotech sectors. Today, the company has 56 offices in 10 countries, and is based in Boca Raton.

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