August 10, 2022
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has selected the final two members of a search committee tasked with leading a national search to fill the position that Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley vacated July 31.

Clemaus Tervalon, president of the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges, has been appointed to fill the student member seat. And Ginni May, president of Academic Senate for California Community College, will represent faculty members.

“Students are at the forefront of our decision-making process and that’s why it’s essential to have Clemaus and Ginni join this committee,” said Pamela Haynes, president of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges. “Student and faculty input is imperative to this search for a new chancellor.”

Tervalon and May will join committee members Pamela Haynes, President; Amy M. Costa, Vice President; Joshua N. Elizondo; Tom Epstein; Jolena M. Grande; Bill Rawlings, and Hildegarde B. Aguinaldo.

The committee will embark on a nationwide search for a permanent chancellor and produce a slate of candidates to the full Board of Governors. Daisy Gonzales, PhD, has been appointed to serve as interim chancellor during this time.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 colleges serving 1.8 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; and degree and certificate pathways. 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, Instagram and Twitter.