Eloy Ortiz Oakley will take over for Erik Skinner as the chancellor of the California Community Colleges. (Courtesy photo)

New state chancellor to lead community college system

The state board overseeing community colleges announced Monday the selection of a new chancellor to lead the public education system that includes City College of San Francisco.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, head of the Long Beach Community College District, was chosen as the next chancellor of the California Community Colleges following the retirement of former Chancellor Brice Harris in April.

Oakley will be the first Latino to lead the system, according to a press release from the state chancellor’s office.

Oakley has held top administrative positions in the LBCCD since 2002, previously serving in other roles at Oxnard College, the Coast Community College District and at one point Golden West College, where he was an adjunct faculty member.

The president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, which made the unanimous decision, said Oakley has ties to the University of California and California State University systems that community colleges aim to funnel students into.

“He is well positioned to foster great collaboration that will benefit all students,” Board President Geoffrey Baum said in a statement.

Interim-Chancellor Erik Skinner, who was recently involved in the labor negotiations between CCSF and its faculty union that were settled last week, is expected to retain the chancellor’s seat until Dec. 19.

CCSF is one of 113 community colleges in the system.

Oakley also sits on various boards and committees in Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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