Online Community College District Extends Search for CEO

Executive will lead an ambitious public response to rapidly reskill working adults for better jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Board of Trustees for the California Online Community College District has extended the national search for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in order to draw a diverse pool of applicants from education and industry.

“To be successful, the new online college needs an energetic and innovative CEO,” said Tom Epstein, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “For the next three weeks, we will continue our search for candidates with the skills and experience to bring the college rapidly from early stage development to scale.”

A final candidate will be brought to the Board of Trustees for approval in early 2019. California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley serves as the interim CEO until a permanent CEO is hired. For consideration, applicants can send an email with a letter of interest, a résumé or CV, and contact information to by December 5, 2018.

The CEO will be responsible for hiring and developing a team to execute on early business and operational plans and lead the college’s vision and strategy to respond to California’s economic needs. The position will be a critical first hire, building upon design and development work coordinated by an advance team at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Learn more about the position here.

In June 2018, the Online Community College District was created to better serve working adults in California who are often stranded in the workforce by a lack of access to education and training opportunities. The online college will offer programs using a model of competency-based education through short-term courses leading to stackable credentials. Three initial pathways are being developed which will prepare students for careers in information technology, medical coding, and as first-line supervisors.

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