Chancellor search process - Progress Report No. 1

July 28, 2020 | San Diego Community College District

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has begun the search for the next Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). The appointment of SDCCD’s next Chancellor will shape the District’s future for years to come and the Board is fully committed to conducting an equitable, inclusive, and transparent national search.

The Board has selected the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist with the Chancellor search process. ACCT’s assistance will include providing support, recruiting highly competitive candidates, working with the Search Committee, and supporting the Board. ACCT has conducted over 500 community college searches and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our process. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education, advocacy at local, state, and national levels, and comprehensive search services. Dr. Debbie DiThomas and Julie Golder, J.D., will serve as our ACCT Search Consultants.

An Inclusive and Participatory Process

An important step in the Chancellor Search process is the development of a Chancellor Profile. By way of an electronic survey the entire SDCCD community is invited and encouraged to complete the electronic survey below regarding the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications we are seeking in our next Chancellor, and the opportunities and challenges facing the District in the years to come.

The survey is available here.

Electronic feedback must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

The Chancellor Search Committee

The Chancellor Search Committee will review the confidential applications, interview semifinalist candidates, and identify the final candidates.

More About the Process

The Board of Trustees will interview the final candidates and all final candidates will participate in open forums. We anticipate the final candidates visiting the District the week of February 22, 2021 either in-person and/or via electronic forums. We will provide the exact dates, times, and locations once they are confirmed. Everyone throughout the District and community will be invited to attend the public forums with the final candidates. Feedback forms will be provided to all who attend, and the completed forms will be collected after each forum and given to the Board of Trustees and reviewed as part of the Board’s deliberation process.


Our recruitment efforts will involve an open, comprehensive, national search, seeking diverse and competitive candidates from all regions of the state and country. ACCT specializes in one-to-one recruitment of community college leaders. Additionally, to assist with this process, advertisements will be placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and other major publications and websites.

The Chancellor Search Webpage

The Chancellor Search webpage will include information on all aspects of the search, both for the District and candidates. We will post information pertaining to the search, including regular progress reports, on the District’s website in the coming weeks.

We will continue to keep you updated on this important process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to our ACCT Search Consultants:

- Debbie DiThomas, Ed.D., ACCT Search Consultant, or 951-961-6533 (mobile)
- Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services, or 202-384-5816 (mobile)


Maria Nieto Senour, Ph.D.
President, Board of Trustees

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