Jannett Jackson has officially resigned from her post as chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, and the Board of Trustees will soon begin the search for her successor, aiming to have a new chancellor in place by spring 2019.
The district's trustees officially accepted her resignation at their Tuesday night board meeting, with the resignation effective as of Wednesday. Jackson did not provide a written letter of resignation, and a district spokeswoman said she could not comment on the reasons for her resignation, saying they relate to private personnel matters.
"The board wishes to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jackson for her dedicated service to the district and recognize her many years of service to the community college system," board president Marshall Mitzman said this week. "We will miss her and wish her well."
Chancellor Emeritus Susan Cota, who stepped in as interim chancellor this summer after Jackson went on medical leave, will continue serving her term through Sept. 14. After that, California Community Colleges veteran administrator Thomas Fallo will take over until a new chancellor is selected, with his appointment term set to begin Sept. 17, pending contract negotiations.
Jackson served five years as chancellor of the community college district -- at the time of her resignation, she was two years into her second three-year contract.
The reasons for Jackson's resignation are unspecified as of yet and her resignation letter has not been made public, though over the past year she faced both health challenges and criticisms from district leadership groups.
Last November, she received a vote of "no confidence" from the Chabot Academic/Faculty Senate for her leadership style and a perceived lack of communication with faculty, according the Chabot Spectator, the student newspaper for Chabot Community College. And in May, Jackson underwent surgery related to a ruptured appendix that caused an abscess in her hip muscle, according to the district.
In June, the board voted 5-2 not to renew Jackson's contract beyond its June 2019 expiration, without further explaining their decision.
After accepting Jackson's resignation Tuesday, the board unanimously voted to appoint Fallo as interim chancellor effective Sept. 17. Fallo worked in the California Community Colleges system for 45 years, retiring as superintendent/president of El Camino College in 2016 after holding that position for 21 years.
He worked as interim chancellor for South Orange County Community College District, and served in acting, interim and vice chancellor roles at Los Angeles and Glendale community college districts, along with at El Camino Community College.