City College of San Francisco’s chancellor is stepping down to take another position at the school.
In an email sent to CCSF staff and faculty Friday, the college announced Chancellor Arthur Tyler will leave that post to become the new vice chancellor of facilities management.
Susan E. Lamb, currently vice chancellor of academic affairs, will become interim chancellor. Lamb garnered broad support from faculty and staff, and was given a vote of confidence by the college’s classified senate. That vote was then affirmed by the college’s academic senate, a surprising move as faculty have expressed much ire with her colleague Tyler.
“The tensions have been high at the college the last three years,” Trustee Rafael Mandelman told us. Others at the college said that tension came to a head in the past year.
The recent controversial relocation of many English as a Second Language students from CCSF’s seismically unsafe Civic Center Campus, and other campuses, drew public criticism from faculty as well as the faculty union, American Federation of Teachers Local 2121.
The relocation of students was last minute, the union alleged, which confused many students and may have led to a drop in enrollment in a crucial time for CCSF.
Tim Killikelly, AFT 2121 president, said the bad blood between faculty and the administration was not completely on Tyler.
“I don't want to put it all on Art Tyler's door for the rocky relationship. It was there for a variety of reasons,” Killikelly said.
Killikelly said of Lamb that “she has had a lot of respect among a lot of our members.”
Recent newsletters from the AFT 2121 also show the union is stalled in labor negotiations with the college over faculty raises. The union says their wages have decreased since 2008.
Tyler took the top position at CCSF in 2013, during what some consider the rockiest time in the school’s accreditation saga. CCSF was mandated by its accreditors to shape up or face loss of accreditation, which would have effectively forced the school to close.
Lamb will be an interim chancellor, during which time the college’s elected Board of Trustees will select a new leader for the school.
“A new chancellor will be the board’s choice, but I’m a huge fan of Susan Lamb,” Mandelman told The San Francisco Examiner on Friday. “She has a lot of support throughout faculty, staff, administrators, and the board has a lot of confidence in her.”
The board was only recently restored, after a special trustee took over during the accreditation saga. Elected trustees will have their full legislative powers returned in July.
Confidence in Lamb abounds due to her extensive knowledge, Mandelman said.
“She knows all of the rules; there’s a lot of standards about how colleges operate. She knows them up and down, backwards and forwards,” he said. Plus, “she loves City College; you get that from talking to her.”
Before coming to CCSF in 2013, she was vice president of academic affairs for Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.
“We want to thank Dr. Tyler for his service to this college and congratulate Ms. Lamb on her new role as chancellor,” said a statement from Special Trustee Guy Lease. “We look forward to working with her.”
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