CCSF resumes efforts to find permanent chancellor 

In addition to it must deal with in it's current situation CCSF must also find a new chancellor. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • In addition to it must deal with in it's current situation CCSF must also find a new chancellor.

The search is on for a new chancellor at City College of San Francisco.

Now that school officials have submitted their “show cause” report to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in hopes of staying open, the board of trustees wants to return to some unfinished business.

On Thursday, trustees are expected to approve a request for bids to contract for up to $150,000 with a private firm to begin preparations for the search, college documents show.

“We’re in a much better position now to do a search than we were last fall,” said board President John Rizzo. “Now that we have plans in place and we’re taking action, we’re moving forward.”

The search for a permanent chancellor was called off in fall when trustees realized the scope of the recommendations in the accreditation report and the focus required. CCSF was given the harshest sanction last summer and made to file a report explaining why it should remain open and how it would address 14 recommendations in the accreditation report. That 300-page document was submitted last week.

Larry Kamer, a spokesman for CCSF, said the search was always expected to continue once accreditation was addressed.
Interim Chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman, who took over the position in November for one year, has stated she is not interested in the job ?permanently.

“She’s retired,” Kamer said. “I think she’d like to see this job through then go back to her intended retirement.”

Rizzo said once the firm is chosen, a job description will be developed over the next few months, but CCSF will refrain from posting it until a ruling is made by the accreditation commission. The ruling is expected in June.

“If we make it, it would be a good opportunity for a chancellor,” Rizzo said. “But if we don’t, the job won’t be available.”

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