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Search Begins for Next CCC Chancellor

October 31, 2022

Riverside City College graduation, photo courtesy of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's OfficeThe search for a new California Community Colleges Chancellor is officially underway with active recruitment having begun this month.

Whoever ultimately gets the job will be faced with figuring out how, as a system, to reverse the trend of declining enrollment and achieve meaningful progress toward student success and equity commitments set out in the Roadmap for the Future.

A short list of viable candidates is expected to be chosen before the winter break, with interviews to begin in early January 2023. From that group, finalists are to be announced by mid-January, according to the proposed search timeline.

No date for final selection has been established but it is anticipated that the position will be filled by next summer. Interim Chancellor Daisy Gonzalez’s temporary appointment is set to expire July 31, 2023.

What Do Students Want in a Chancellor?

One priority of the new chancellor should perhaps be ensuring students are being steered toward the classes they need to achieve their goals on time. Aside from the elimination of remedial courses blamed for slowing progress toward transfer, some students just want more access to counselors.

Several community college students interviewed by CalMatters said one of the issues that matter most to them is the lack of academic guidance and/or difficulty getting a counseling appointment.

“I have literally been battling (to see a counselor),” said one student. “There were so many ways the counselors failed me … and I’m finding out that they failed a lot of the students.”

Those interviewed also said the new chancellor should be someone who came up through public higher education — including community college — so they would be familiar with the struggles experienced by students attending California community colleges.

Search Team

The chancellor search committee is a subcommittee of the CCC Board of Governors, composed of BOG members Pamela Haynes, president; Amy M. Costa, vice president; Hildegarde B. Aguinaldo; Joshua N. Elizondo; Tom Epstein; Jolena M. Grande; and Bill Rawlings. Additionally, Clemaus Tervalon, president of the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges and Ginni May, president of Academic Senate for California Community College will represent students and faculty, respectively.

Academic Search, an executive search firm based in Washington, D.C., is leading the recruitment and vetting process.

Information about the chancellor search is available on the CCC Chancellor’s Office website.