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Antioch University Board Welcomes New Trustees, Vice Chairman

Luis Villegas takes on a leadership role, and Robert Kupiec and Mary Ellen Tiffany join as members

By Kristine Schwarz for Antioch University Santa Barbara |

Luis Villegas
Luis Villegas

The Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees has named Luis Villegas as its new vice chairman and welcomes new trustees Robert Kupiec and Mary Ellen Tiffany, announced Board of Trustees chair Dr. Victoria Riskin.

Villegas was elected to the vice chair position, having joined the AUSB Board of Trustees in 2009. He is vice president of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and previously served as vice president and Hispanic segment market manager for Pacific Capital Bancorp.

He has served on the board of the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for six years, recently as its executive director. He is also a member of the SBCC Board of Trustees, serving as president in 1999 and 2000, and he was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors of the California Community Colleges System.

Villegas is also the past president of the California Association of Latino Community Colleges Board of Trustees.

Kupiec brings more than 25 years of experience as an architect and principal of Kupiec Architects PC.

A graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, he received the New York Society of Architects Award for Excellence in Total Design.

Robert Kupiec
Robert Kupiec

Kupiec had been responsible for numerous commercial, institutional and residential projects throughout the country and abroad, including AUSB’s new downtown Santa Barbara campus, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries.

Kupiec is a past chairman of the National Institute for Architectural Education and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the VanAlen Institute for Projects in Public Architecture.

Tiffany is a vice president and business development officer for Montecito Bank & Trust. She began her financial career in the Trust Department of NationsBank in Fort Myers, Fla., and later joined SunTrust Bank Southwest as the market manager of its Sanibel-Captiva Island private bank.

Mary Ellen Tiffany
Mary Ellen Tiffany

Before joining Montecito Bank & Trust, Tiffany was director of major gifts at the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College. She has also served as executive director of two nonprofit organizations and as special assistant on trade and energy issues to the governor of Alaska from 1986-90.

She currently serves on the boards of the Santa Barbara Symphony, PathPoint Inc., the Parks & Recreation Community Foundation and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

“We are honored that Luis has agreed to serve as vice chair and that Bob and Mary Ellen have agreed to join the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees,” Riskin said. “They bring special wisdom, talent and impressive experience to the planning process for the growth of the university.”

— Kristine Schwarz represents Antioch University.

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