Community College District Board begins search for new chancellor, public invited to participate

The Governing Board (Board) has officially begun the search for the next chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District (District). The Board is committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search that will attract a strong pool of outstanding candidates, and encourages members of the community to participate in the selection process.

Assisting the District in the chancellor search is the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). ACCT has conducted over 400 community college executive searches and brings a wealth of information and expertise to the process. Working directly with the District is Dr. Pamila Fisher, a longtime California community college educator, who recently assisted in the search for the new president of Contra Costa College. A search committee is currently being identified using District policy guidelines, representing a cross-section of constituents, including students and community members. During the summer months the primary activity will be recruitment led by ACCT, and the search committee’s work will occur in September and October with the goal of announcing our new chancellor by the end of the year.

Open public forums are being held on May 23rd and May 24th with Dr. Fisher to learn more about the search process and to share ideas on the challenges and opportunities facing the District and the ideal characteristics desired in the new chancellor. Here are the dates, location and times of the public forums.

Date Location Time Room
May 23 LMC 10:00 am – 11:30 am L-109
May 23 CCC 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Three Seasons, AA-239
May 23 DO 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Board Room
May 24 DVC 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Diablo Room

For those unable to attend one of the public forums, you may provide your comments by clicking here.

The questions for you to consider are:

  1. What are the major issues and challenges facing the District and its colleges in the next three to five years?
  2. What characteristics, qualities, attributes and skills do you think are critical for the new chancellor’s success?

The District is seeking a new leader following Chancellor Helen Benjamin’s December 31, 2016, retirement announcement.

Progress reports and updates will be posted on the District website. Members of the community will also have an opportunity to meet the chancellor finalists at public forums during the last stage of the process.

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