League Responds to Chancellor Oakley's Announced Departure from the California Community Colleges
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Community College League of California (League) issued the following joint statement from CCCT Board President Marisa Perez, CEOCCC Board President Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland, and League President Dr. Larry Galizio regarding the announced departure of California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley:
“The Community College League of California is grateful for Chancellor Oakley’s dedication to our 73 member districts over the past 6 years as he has led California’s community colleges through difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic and a national racial reckoning. Chancellor Oakley has been an exemplary leader and champion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility during his tenure as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges—pushing for systemic change in all areas of our higher education system, including addressing students’ basic needs, reducing barriers to degree attainment, and expanding financial aid opportunities for students.
In addition, we are proud of the work Chancellor Oakley has accomplished with his Vision for Success initiative, refocusing how our colleges serve their student populations and larger communities. Putting students first is our top priority and Oakley has given us a roadmap to improve student success and close equity gaps.
As Chancellor Oakley transitions from his current post to head the College Futures Foundation, we want to extend our well wishes and we look forward to seeing him continue his equity-focused work with the state’s top higher education leaders.
We hope to support the Chancellor’s Office during this time of transition and in their search for a new Chancellor.”
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The Community College League of California (League) is an independent, nonprofit public benefit corporation with a voluntary membership of the 73 community college districts in California. As the professional membership association of the California Community College districts, the League empowers California Community Colleges to transform the lives of our diverse students and strengthen communities statewide through advocacy, leadership development, district services, coalition building, and policy advancement. The vision of the League is California Community Colleges as the global model for community-based public higher education with an unparalleled commitment to access, equity, and achievement. Visit our website at www.ccleague.org.
Marisa Perez serves as President of the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board and a trustee Cerritos College. Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland serves as President of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC) Board and Chancellor of North Orange County Community College District.