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MUSD’s Board of Education appoints Robert Jung to open board seat

The Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Board of Education voted this evening to appoint Robert Jung to occupy the board seat that had been open following last November’s election.  

After interviewing four applicants from the community, the Board deliberated briefly then voted on Jung’s appointment. He was swiftly sworn in and stood up at the podium to take the Oath of Office.   

With Jung filling the seat, MUSD’s Board of Education is complete, with five board members total. 

Jung is no stranger to MUSD. He served on MUSD’s Board of Education from 2017-2018. Back then, he was appointed to fill Bob Nuńez’s seat after Nuñez won his bid for Milpitas City Council in 2016. 

Jung is also the Founder of Milpitas Community Educational Endowment (MCEE), which works to offer scholarships to students and grants to schools in the district. The organization also hosts events like the annual STEAM showcase, which receives wide participation among students throughout the district. 

 

Swati Swah (l), an MCEE Board Member, swears in Robert Jung (r). Photo by The Milpitas Beat.

 

“Growing up in a single-parent immigrant family, I’ve seen firsthand how education can be an equalizer and a springboard for success in America,” Jung told the board during his opening statement.  

Jung will serve out the remainder of former Board Member Hon Lien’s term, which ends in November, 2024. Lien had to resign from her board seat back in December, 2022, after she won her election for Milpitas City Council and was sworn in as a council member.  

MUSD received a total of five applications for the board seat. A Board Subcommittee consisting of Trustees Minh Ngo and Kelly Yip-Chuan reviewed all candidates beforehand to ensure that they all fulfilled the qualifications. One applicant backed out of the running and did not appear for the interview process. 

Along with Jung, three other applicants were being considered for the seat: Rosana Cacao, who worked for the City of Milpitas for nearly three decades; William Lim, a parent who was deeply involved in serving on committees and volunteering in the district when his daughter attended school there; and Doug Sueoka, who has extensive experience in retail management and handling large budgets. All applicants, Jung included, had children who once attended MUSD schools.     

 

MUSD Board of Education Trustees, along with Superintendent Cheryl Jordan and the Board Cabinet.

 

After the applicants’ closing statements, the Board deliberated, going back and forth a bit before Board President Chris Norwood made a motion to appoint Jung. Board Vice President Ngo seconded the motion. All voted to appoint Jung except for Trustee Yip-Chuan, who mentioned she was leaning toward voting for Sueoka, whom she felt could bring a fresh perspective as a parent of a son with special needs.   

“I’m ecstatic to be able to serve our community as an MUSD trustee again,” Jung shared with The Beat. “It’s perfect when you can feed your passion while helping to serve our future.” 

 

 



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Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

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