The James Irvine Foundation recognized LBCC President Eloy Oakley as one of its 2014 leadership award recipients at a luncheon on Friday, Feb. 28 in Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, according to a press release from the foundation.

The foundation honors recipients for their work involving issues such as healthcare, crime reduction and higher education. Award winners are granted $125,000 for their programs and given support in raising awareness of their approaches with policymakers and practitioners.

Oakley said in an email his recognition came for work on the Promise Pathways program, which expanded this year to Bellflower and Paramount, as well as the development and implementation of an alternate assessment method for college students. The initiatives are substantially increasing community college students’ success rates through more accurate course placement and scheduling.

Interim President and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation Don Howard said, “The individuals we honor this year are improving the lives of thousands of Californians through strategies that are responsive, collaborative and forward-looking. These leaders advance effective solutions to some of California’s most difficult problems. They do this by listening to the people they serve, working with the community, maximizing every dollar they use, and then sharing what they learn.

“We are thrilled to help their work progress.”

Award recipients are selected by a committee that examines a variety of criteria, including whether a program is effective, whether it can be replicated in other communities and whether it is an innovative approach to a complex California problem.

To submit a nomination for the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards by April 4, 2014, please visit: