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City College of San Francisco’s New Chancellor to Be Named

10/17/2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education.  October 16, 2013.  The new chancellor of City College of San Francisco will be announced on Wednesday, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the chosen leader is Arthur Q. Tyler, an antiterrorism expert and a former president of Sacramento City College. The troubled San Francisco institution, which is fighting a decision to revoke its accreditation as of next summer, is still under the supervision of a special trustee, Robert Agrella, who in July was granted “extraordinary powers” to make all decisions for the college.

An advisory from the California Community Colleges system says the new leader for the San Francisco college will be announced at a news conference at which the system’s chancellor, Brice W. Harris, and Mr. Agrella will also discuss the college’s progress toward meeting the standards required for retaining accreditation. State officials have said a new chancellor is key to the success of City College and its 80,000 students.

Mr. Tyler, who led Sacramento City College from 2005 to 2007, also has experience as a special trustee for a college in trouble. In 2004 he was appointed to that role for Compton Community College, which was then struggling to retain its accreditation. Compton ultimately lost its accreditation and is now part of El Camino College.