April 24, 2024
Contact: Paul Feist
Office: 916-327-5353
Office E-mail: PFeist@CCCCO.edu

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Sonya Christian, Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales and the co-chairs of the Community Colleges Women’s Caucus, Andra Hoffman and Rowena Tomaneng, issued the following statement on the death of former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Delaine Eastin“Delaine Eastin was a trailblazer: a first-generation college student and graduate, the first and only woman elected as state superintendent and a brilliant public servant who changed public education in California for the better. Delaine championed equity and passionately believed in the power of education, devoting her life to raising academic standards for California’s public schools and ensuring all students across the state, no matter their background, received the best education possible. She was a champion for community colleges and was a women’s studies and political science professor at several community colleges. She was a tireless advocate for helping increase the number of women elected to public office. Beyond her many professional accomplishments, Delaine was also a compassionate mentor and a friend. We have lost a truly remarkable Californian whose legacy will be felt for generations to come.”

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