Chabot-Las Positas board mulls chancellor options

District regroups after agenda snafu; final decision due next week

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is poised to have more clarity on the future of its chancellor vacancy next week, with the Board of Trustees set to again discuss how to proceed with recruitment after still not selecting a candidate as of its last meeting on Tuesday.

The trustees heard public comment and talked in closed session but did not reach a final decision during a special meeting in Dublin on Tuesday evening -- a meeting that was scheduled in the wake of the board not selecting any of its three finalists for the chancellor appointment Dec. 18 but then rescinding those rejections for reconsideration after deeming the decision occurred at a meeting that wasn't properly agendized.

The seven-member board now is scheduled to make a final decision on this round of candidates, and if needed to restart the recruitment process, at its regular meeting next Tuesday (Jan. 15) in Dublin, according to Guisselle Nuñez, the district's public relations director.

For now, the district remains led by interim chancellor Thomas Fallo, a longtime California community colleges administrator who came out of retirement to hold down the fort for Chabot-Las Positas until the board hired a permanent chancellor -- originally expected to occur by February.

Fallo took the reins in mid-September from Chancellor Emeritus Susan Cota, who served briefly as interim chancellor in the immediate wake of chancellor Jannett Jackson resigning in August after five years at the helm.

The district then begin its recruitment, a process spearheaded by a consultant firm working with a district-wide search committee comprised of faculty, staff, students and community members.

District leaders announced in early December that the board had selected three finalists from among the pool of candidates who applied.

The top candidates were Lisa Avery, president of Portland Community College's Sylvania Campus in Portland, Ore.; David Dore, campus president and vice chancellor of workforce and economic development at the Pima Community College District in Tucson, Ariz.; and Walter Tribley, superintendent/president of Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey.

The district hosted separate public forums with those finalists at Chabot College and Las Positas College campuses during the week of Dec. 10, and then the board held a public meeting Dec. 17 to hear public comment before talking in closed-session about the chancellor search.

The board followed by conducting closed-session interviews with the finalists Dec. 18, but announced after the meeting that no candidate was chosen for the position. But soon after district officials determined a clerical error resulted in the Dec. 18 meeting agenda not being properly posted in public, a violation of California's Brown Act.

The rejections were rescinded in favor of a properly agendized special meeting after the winter holidays, but the trustees did not reach a tentative or final decision on the chancellor vacancy this week, according to Nuñez.

They will reconvene to decide on a plan of action during their regular meeting next Tuesday, at the district office at 7600 Dublin Blvd. The start time and agenda had not yet been confirmed.

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