Moving toward a new era as search for new chancellor gets underway

June 3, 2020 | San Diego Community College District

Following San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll’s January announcement that she will be retiring in June 2021, after 17 years of exemplary service as chief executive officer of one of the state’s largest community college districts, the near-impossible task of finding a replacement has shifted into high gear.

The District’s Board of Trustees recently established a search committee comprising faculty, classified professionals, community representatives, and others. In addition, it has hired ACCT Searches, a company that focuses on community and technical colleges and has successfully completed more than 500 CEO searches ranging from campus presidents to state system leaders, and will soon begin accepting applications for the position.

Later this fall, a screening committee will begin the process of reviewing applications. Following a second round of interviews, open forums, and site visits, the Board of Trustees is aiming to make a final selection and announce the new chancellor in late March 2021. The goal is to have the new Chancellor start July 1, 2021.

The SDCCD Chancellor is responsible for all operations in a District that is the largest provider of workforce training and education in the region with a $755-million annual operating budget. The Chancellor oversees San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, a baccalaureate program at Mesa College, and San Diego Continuing Education; assures that the District is administered in accordance with policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and state and federal regulations; and maintains a close working relationship with the community, K-12 and local higher-education systems, as well as local, state, and federal officials.

Don’t count on Chancellor Carroll sitting idle in her retirement. In May, she was appointed to the College Promise National Advisory Board. She also recently led the establishment of the California Community Colleges Baccalaureate Association (CCCBA), a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing assistance and expanding opportunities for the state’s 116 community colleges to offer four-year degrees in workforce fields that now require a bachelor’s degree.

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