The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously Monday to allow the appointment of a special trustee to oversee San Francisco City College while it battles to remain open.
Chancellor Brice W. Harris said Dr. Robert Agrella will immediately step into the special trustee role.
Agrella has represented the state Chancellor’s Office on City College’s governing board since October 2012, serving as a special trustee with limited powers over governance.
The special trustee, who replaces the authority of the local district’s board of trustees, will work during the appeal process to address all remaining deficiencies identified by the accrediting commission.
Harris heralded the vote and appointment as a key move in his efforts to keep the 85,000-student college from being forced to close.
“I want to make very clear that this increased involvement by the Chancellor’s Office is designed to save City College, not preside over its closure,’’ Harris said. “There are 85,000 students who rely on this institution for educational and career training opportunities. It will be our singular mission to keep it open.”
On July 3, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) announced that it planned to terminate City College’s accreditation in July 2014.
The college, however, remains open and accredited pending appeal of that decision.
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