With the announced departure of President Anthony Beebe, multiple efforts are underway at San Diego City College to ensure the college has solid leadership in place during its upcoming presidential search and transition.
On May 3, President Beebe was named President/Superintendent of Santa Barbara City College. He has served as San Diego City College’s president since July 2014 and before that led San Diego Continuing Education for eight years. He begins his new job July 1.
San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance Carroll has asked Vice President of Student Services Denise Whisenhunt to serve as acting president following Beebe’s departure and until an interim president is selected. Meanwhile, Chancellor Carroll is establishing a search committee, chaired by Vice Chancellor Stephanie Bulger, that will immediately begin a search process for an interim president who will guide City College during the coming academic year – which will include the college’s accreditation visit in March 2017. The search committee will also be responsible for the process to identify a new president by July 1, 2017.
In a message to City College faculty and staff, Chancellor Carroll said she and the SDCCD Board of Trustees wish President Beebe well on his new assignment. She emphasized the importance of ensuring a smooth transition for the district’s flagship college and said she would be giving it her personal attention.
“Given that the academic year is almost at an end, this change means that we must move quickly to organize the process for replacement in order to ensure the stability and progress of this great college, especially as the college approaches its important accreditation review in the coming year,” said Chancellor Carroll.
Established in 1914, San Diego City College is nationally recognized for its student success programs and the college’s graduates rank No. 2 in the nation for mid-career earnings. The college offers 200 majors and degrees and 500 certificate programs.