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Monday, July 4, 2022

State Community College Head Oakley Is Moving To Equality-Focused Higher Education Foundation

After nearly six years in this position, California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is moving on to a new role at a leading private foundation that increases the share of colored and low-income students completing college.

Oakley will step into his new position at the College Futures Foundation on August 1, where he is expected to serve as a leader on issues related to equality and economic prosperity, as president and CEO.

Oakley has pioneered the state’s community college system—which served 2.1 million students across 116 campuses since 2016—with a focus on equity and student success, among other initiatives.

“We wish Chancellor Oakley the best of luck in his future endeavours,” the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) said in a statement. “While we haven’t always agreed with the Chancellor on certain policy matters, his legacy of bringing equity to the fore in every community college policy discussion should be celebrated and continued.”

The FACCC said that regardless of who is appointed to the interim or permanent role, it will continue to advocate for faculty, students, and the mission of the California Community College System.

Oakley also served in a short-lived role with President Biden’s administration as an adviser to US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in 2021. He worked on policies that impacted community colleges, including affordability, student success, recovering from coronavirus, and more.

Oakley is perhaps best known in recent years for working with the board of governors on the community college system’s Vision for Success, closing the equity gap, increasing transfer rates, and increasing the number of students earning certificates and degrees. Known for his efforts to usher in a student-centric path to boost the numbers. ,

“We are indebted to Chancellor Oakley for his vision, his unwavering commitment to our colleges and – most importantly – our students,” Board of Governors Chair Pamela Haynes said in a statement. “He has been a catalyst for reform and change in our system and guiding our focus on closing the equity gap, meeting students and designing our institutions with them.”

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