November 15, 2021
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Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley Set to Return from Temporary Post with Biden Administration


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Pamela Haynes and Vice President Amy Costa were unanimously re-elected Monday to their respective leadership positions for a second year.

“It’s an honor to serve another year in this position, and I look forward to working with the board to strengthen our advocacy and support for our students, especially as they continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic,” Haynes said. “Our system’s Vision for Success will continue to guide us as we focus on equity and work to improve students’ economic and social mobility. The Vision for Success will continue to be our North Star.”

The Board of Governors elects a president and vice president every November to serve one-year terms. The re-election of Haynes and Costa comes as Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is scheduled to return from a temporary assignment as a special advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on higher education matters. Oakley will resume his duties as state chancellor Nov. 22.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues for electing me to continue serving” Costa said. “I look forward to the Board’s continued work on ensuring our students’ needs are met equitably during this unprecedented time. Our colleges will continue to serve Californians as the reality of the post pandemic economy begins to take shape.”

Haynes has served on the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees since 1999, including four terms as board president. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Community College League of California and the Los Rios Foundation Board. Before retiring from state service in 2012, she served for eight years as a deputy director and senior consultant for the California State Assembly, Speaker’s Office of Member Services.

Costa is the founder of Full Moon Strategies, a firm focused on public policy, public affairs, and organizational strategy. She served as deputy county administrator for the county of Alameda and was chief deputy director for budget at the California Department of Finance from 2016 to 2018, where she served as advisor to the director on higher education from 2014 to 2016. She was an account lead at Blue Beyond Consulting from 2012 to 2014 and director of state and local government relations at Safeway Inc. from 2010 to 2012.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.