The search for a new Chancellor of california’s 112 community colleges is over. Brice Harris starts his job as head of the nation's largest public college system on November 6.
Harris is a veteran administrator. He retired last month after 16 years with the from the Los Rios Community College district in Norther California; it includes the American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento city colleges. He’ll succeed Jack Scott, who retired earlier this month.
As chancellor, Harris will receive $198,500 a year plus benefits.
Statewide the system is experiencing massive financial and academic crises: Over the past four years, state budget cuts have forced schools to scale back almost a quarter of its course offerings, reduce enrollment from 2.9 million to 2.4 million students, and it’s more than doubled student fees.
Conditions in the system could get worse. If Proposition 30 fails, the state’s community colleges will hack away another $330 million from their budgets - and would accept 180,000 fewer students.
California Community Colleges Board of Governors president Scott Himelstein said:
“Brice Harris is the right person at the right time to lead the California Community Colleges.” He added that Harris “has the vision and leadership skills needed to navigate these tough fiscal times and keep us focused on improving student success.”