Ailing City College San Francisco chief oversees final day before he retires 

City College of San Francisco Chancellor Don Griffin stepped down at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday night.

College officials said in March that Griffin would retire this summer, but two weeks ago he announced that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and would leave sooner than planned. He will undergo surgery later this month, he told students and faculty in an email.

The trustees planned to appoint him to the position of “Administrator on Special Assignment” and declare the position of chancellor vacant effective Monday. Griffin will use sick leave until he officially retires May 31.

Griffin was appointed chancellor in 2008 after 40 years as a faculty member and administrator. He has earned praise for his steady hand during several rounds of budget cuts, as well as for helping to heal City College after the scandal-plagued administration of his predecessor.

Trustees plan to hire an interim chancellor, who will have to help assemble the 2012-13 budget as the college faces millions of dollars in cuts.

— Amy Crawford

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