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Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner

Acting Chancellor Erik Skinner photo

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Deputy Chancellor Erik E. Skinner as interim chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning May 16, 2016.

Interim Chancellor Skinner was promoted in 2013 to serve as Deputy Chancellor in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. In this role, he oversees and coordinates the efforts of the following divisions: Academic Affairs; Student Services and Special Programs; Economic Development and Workforce Preparation; and College Finance and Facilities Planning. Skinner assists in the implementation of system wide initiatives, including the Board of Governor’s student success agenda. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the SB 1440 Implementation and Oversight Committee, working to strengthen and streamline transfer pathways between the California Community Colleges and the California State University. He served as Executive Vice Chancellor for Programs from 2010 until early 2013.

Skinner joined the Chancellor’s Office in 2007, when he was appointed Vice Chancellor for College Finance and Facilities Planning. In that position, he represented the community college system in the state budget process. In addition, Skinner oversaw the system’s budget and accounting processes; apportionment of state and federal resources to local community college districts; and assistance to community college districts for fiscal and business operations.

Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Skinner served as Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy in the Office of the Secretary for Education. In that role, he advised the Secretary of Education and the Governor on matters related to K-12 and higher education policy, the state budget, and school finance. Skinner began his work in state service in the Office of the Legislative Analyst, where he specialized in school finance, Proposition 98, and higher education policy. Before working in education finance and state government, Skinner worked as a job developer and employment counselor in welfare-to-work programs in Los Angeles County.

Skinner received a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Incoming Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Incoming Chancellor Eloy OakleyThe California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley as chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning December 19, 2016.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed as the Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) in 2007. Since his appointment, he has fostered strong relationships with members of the community, state and national policy leaders, his Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff of the college. He has provided statewide and national leadership on the issue of improving the education outcomes of historically underrepresented students. He joined LBCCD in 2002, serving as the assistant superintendent/executive vice president of administrative services. In this capacity, Oakley undertook supervision of the Measure E Bond construction program for the district and oversaw the finances and operations of the district’s two campuses. Before that, he served as the vice president of college services at Oxnard College; the assistant vice president of the Property & Casualty Division of Keenan & Associates and the manager of risk services at the Coast Community College District. Oakley also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching in and coordinating the Environmental Technology Certificate Program at Golden West College.

Partnering with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Oakley helped form the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise (College Promise). Through the College Promise, LBUSD administrators and high school teachers work with college faculty and staff to create clear structured pathways for students to follow as they move from one education institution to another.  These pathways prepare LBUSD high school graduates to succeed in college, and College Promise students are guaranteed a tuition-free year at LBCC and preferred admission status to CSULB after completing the transfer requirements. Reports suggest the College Promise measurably reduces demand for college level remediation, increases student persistence rates and creates financial efficiencies so LBCC can educate more students for less money. 

Oakley serves on the boards and committees of the University of California Board of Regents, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Forward Leadership Council, the College Futures Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Rotary Club. He sits on the advisory board for the CSULB Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership.

Oakley himself is a community college success story. After serving four years in the U.S. Army, he enrolled at Golden West College. He then transferred to the University of California, Irvine where he received his degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design and Master of Business Administration.