Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Community College Head Honcho and Regent

Blog readers will recall the episode in which Gov. Brown got into a fight over tuition with UC prez Napolitano and the Regents. As part of that fight, he filled three vacancies on the Regents with allies. The three couldn't outvote the majority who backed Napolitano but they gave the governor additional voices.

Now one of them is about to head the community college system, while presumably continuing on the Board of Regents:

The leader of the Long Beach Community College District was named Monday the next chancellor of the California Community Colleges.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley has been superintendent-president of the LBCCD since 2007, and he is credited with improving pathways for high school students to continue to college.
“In Oakley we see a change agent — someone whose relentless focus on student success will help more students obtain certificates and degrees or transfer to four-year institutions on time,” California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Geoffrey L. Baum. “As a member of the UC Board of Regents and with his close ties with California State University, he is well- positioned to foster greater collaboration that will benefit all students.” ...

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