CCSF chancellor candidates ready to meet the school and public 

The three finalists for the permanent chancellor job at embattled City College of San Francisco will meet the public Monday and Wednesday in a series of forums at the Ocean Avenue campus.

Whoever is finally chosen will have to lead the troubled community college through tough times.

In July, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges announced that CCSF would close if it does not transform itself into a viable institution. And unless officials can successfully appeal the decision by July 31, the college, which serves roughly 85,000 students, will lose its accreditation and effectively close.

Next week’s forums will be followed by closed meetings with staff, administrators and faculty. The final decision is in the hands of Special Trustee Robert Agrella, who was appointed in July by the California Community Colleges board of governors after it stripped CCSF’s elected board of trustees of its powers.

“The special trustee will take it into consideration before he makes his decision,” CCSF spokeswoman Jennifer Aries said of the input gathered at the forums.

The position, which reports to Agrella, will oversee the day-to-day operation of CCSF and is currently held on an interim basis by Thelma Scott-Skillman. She is paid $276,000 a year plus benefits and other perks.

Each candidate will have time for remarks and then answer questions by students, staff administrators, faculty and community members. All forums will be held at 50 Phelan Ave. in Room 505.


Stephen Curtis

President of Community College of Philadelphia for 14 years before being fired earlier this year; before that, was the president of Hudson Valley Community College; has doctorate in music. He will appear from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Monday.

Terry Calaway

Until recent retirement, was president of Johnson County Community College in Kansas for 11 years and before that president of Central Arizona College; has doctorate in education. He will appear from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Arthur Tyler

Deputy chancellor and CFO of the Houston Community College System; has doctorate in management and organizational leadership. He will appear from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Cathy Perry-Jones withdrew her name from the running Wednesday.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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