California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office — Chancellor


The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges announces its search for the next Chancellor. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead bold transformation in higher education, impact the lives of millions of students and their communities, and continue the realization of the Vision for Success's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility that is serving as a model to other systems in California and nationally. This position calls for experience and education demonstrating the ability and stature to lead the nation's largest system of higher education with passion and integrity, undeterred by fiscal, societal, and political swings which challenge community colleges. Individuals who are committed to changing individuals' lives through education and to strengthening the state's economy are encouraged to pursue this exciting opportunity. Applications and nominations for the position of California Community Colleges Chancellor are cordially invited.

With enrollments of approximately 1.8 million students at 116 colleges, the California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the country. The system represents more than 10% of all U.S. community colleges, and 20% of the nation's community college enrollments. There are 73 community college districts overseen by local governing boards; a district may govern from one to nine colleges. Colleges range in size from 2,000 to more than 36,000 students. The annual revenue-funding for the California Community Colleges is $14 billion.

The Chancellor is appointed by the Board of Governors and has statutory authority to lead the administrative agency responsible for executing community college policies and regulations through guidance, professional development, advocacy, innovation, budget and finance, and external partnerships. The Chancellor is supported by a cabinet with responsibility over college facilities and finance, educational services, digital innovation, institutional effectiveness, workforce and economic development, government relations, communications and marketing, internal operations, and legal counsel. The Chancellor's Office has approximately 180 employees, who are within the state's civil service.

Additional information about this exceptional opportunity is available in the position profile, including a full list of required and desired characteristics and how to apply. The profile is available at or at under the “Open Searches” tab.

The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges is being assisted by Academic Search. The application for California Community Colleges Chancellor consists of three documents: a substantive cover letter that addresses the expectations discussed in this search profile, a curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five professional references with name, title/organization, relationship to applicant, phone number, and email address. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: The position is open until filled, but only applications received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, December 8, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting senior consultants Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins at, Dr. Rich Cummins at, or consultant Krista Johns at

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.