Chabot-Las Positas names Pleasanton woman as newest vice chancellor

Board to interview candidates for Area 4 trustee at special meeting Thursday

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has wrapped up its search for a new vice chancellor of educational services and student success by recently hiring Theresa Fleischer Rowland to fill the administrative role.

Fleischer Rowland was called “a lifelong educator providing leadership, vision and strategic direction to develop college pathways to degrees and meaningful career” by the district in a statement last week. A 14-year resident of Pleasanton, Fleischer Rowland has an extensive career in both K-12 and secondary education dating back more than 30 years.

Before coming on board at CLPCCD, Fleischer Rowland was associate vice chancellor of instruction at City College of San Francisco. She’s served throughout California as a teacher, tutor and administrator, including vice president at De Anza College and executive director at Foothill College in Santa Clara County.

She is known as well as “an active East Bay community volunteer with several nonprofit organizations supporting increased quality of life for adults with disabilities, low-income families and cancer survivors.”

Fleischer Rowland will take over the duties and responsibilities previously carried out by Krista Johns, who held the vice chancellor job title from 2016 until recently. She holds a master’s in counselor education from San Diego State University and both a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Southern California.

In the meantime, the recruitment process for finding a new chancellor to lead the Chabot-Las Positas district should resume before the end of the year. Ronald P. Gerhard has been serving as the interim chancellor and is the third person to temporarily step into the position since former chancellor Jannett Jackson resigned last August.

The Board of Trustees held a nationwide search shortly after Jackson departed, ending in December with no permanent chancellor picked from among the top finalists and the board opting to appoint Gerhard as an interim chancellor. District spokesperson Guisselle Nuñez said that a “new chancellor search is scheduled to begin in late fall/early winter.”

This week, candidates vying for the open position of Area 4 trustee will be interviewed at a special board meeting on Thursday (June 27). Area 4 includes Castro Valley and parts of Oakland that have been without a board representative since last month, when longtime trustee Donald “Dobie” Gelles died of congestive heart failure.

Whoever is appointed as Area 4 trustee will be sworn in next month and serve until the next general election in November 2020.

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