I am writing to share with you that today the California Community Colleges Board of Governors has appointed me as the next chancellor of our community college system. I am deeply honored and humbled by the appointment. I am also proud that one of the primary reasons for the appointment is the desire to bring the work that we are doing at LBCC to scale across the state. Thank you for being a model for our great state. Although the news of the appointment broke today, I will not begin the new role until late December and my tenure at LBCC will continue until the end of the Fall 2016 semester.
I am very excited to have the chance to work with all of you and the LBCC Board of Trustees throughout the Fall semester on the important work of our student success initiatives and to begin implementation of our new strategic plan. I remain invested in this college and its students and look forward to yet another great semester.
I have greatly enjoyed my more than 14 years at Long Beach City College and my nearly ten years as president. I will take all that I learned in my years at LBCC and use the experience to help our 113 colleges better serve our students and work with our state and national leaders to raise awareness of the importance of the work that our colleges do.
Most importantly, I want to thank you. To our faculty, thank you for maintaining high quality instruction and serving as critical elements to our students’ success. To our staff, thank you for ensuring the safety and security of our campus and serving as strong models of servant leadership in all that you do. To our management team, thank you for accepting the charge to be innovative, strategic, and student-centered leaders. Together we have come a long way for our students and for our community.
I look forward to seeing you all at College Day, and to continuing our work together into the future. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your superintendent-president, and keep up the great work.
Thanks, and Go Vikings!
Eloy Ortiz Oakley