Brice Harris (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner - 2014)

CA community colleges chancellor to retire next year

California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris announced Tuesday that he will retire from his post in April.

Harris, who has served as chancellor of the nation’s largest system of public higher education since 2012, is credited with numerous efforts to improve education at California’s 113 community colleges, including the Student Success Initiative to help students prepare for four-year institutions.

“Representing 113 colleges and more than 2 million students has been a dream job,” Harris said in a message to leaders throughout the college system. “No matter where I went as your chancellor I was greeted by people who sang your praises … no one ever said they received anything other than a great education at one of our colleges.”

Gov. Jerry Brown expressed his gratitude for Harris’ leadership on Tuesday.

“Under Chancellor Harris, California’s community colleges have made great strides toward preparing students to transfer to universities and training those moving into the workforce,” Brown said in a statement.

Prior to his time as state chancellor, Harris served as chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. He has also served on the board and policy committees of the American Association of Community Colleges and the American Council on Education, as well as on a host of local, state and national boards and commissions.

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