After a nationwide search, the San Diego Community College District on Tuesday named one of its own as president of San Diego City College: Anthony E. Beebe.

Beebe (pronounced BEE-bee) served eight years as president of continuing education in the district, which provides noncredit adult education at seven campus locations.

Anthony Beebe, moving from president of continuing education to president of San Diego City College. Photo via SDCCD

“Anthony Beebe brings extraordinary qualifications to the position of president of City College,” said district Chancellor Constance Carroll. “Both in the state of Washington and in California, he has distinguished himself as an educational leader. He has transformed the Continuing Education division into what one important government agency described as the best in the state.”

Carroll said Beebe has provided testimony to the Legislature and “even put forth a successful proposal for the structure of noncredit education statewide to the governor’s office. Above all, he is deeply committed to students and their achievement. The Board of Trustees and I are delighted that he will remain in our district in this new and important role.”

The search for a permanent president attracted candidates from both California and the nation. But according to SDCCD Board of Trustees President Rich Grosch: “Anthony Beebe was the best in terms of qualifications, experience and broad commitment to the community college mission.”

Beebe will be taking the helm of one of San Diego’s oldest colleges – City College is celebrating its centennial in 2014 – in the midst of a massive transformation of its 60-acre downtown campus.

As part of the SDCCD’s Propositions S and N bond program, City College is benefiting from more than $475 million in new facilities and infrastructure with 16 new and renovated buildings scheduled for completion over the next few years.

Before his appointment with San Diego Continuing Education, Beebe served as vice president of instruction and student services at Yakima Valley Community College; assistant vice president of instruction, workforce development, at Mt. Hood Community College; and as a dean and director of continuing education at the Riverside Community College District.

Beebe earned an A.A. from Lane Community College, a B.A. from the University of Oregon, an MBA from Sacramento State University and a doctorate in education from Oregon State University. In addition, he’s a graduate of the University of San Diego’s paralegal program, Harvard University’s Management Development Program and is currently pursuing a second doctoral degree at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.

Beebe’s first day at City College will be Aug. 1.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as the next president of San Diego City College, the flagship institution of the San Diego Community College District,” Beebe said. “As native San Diegan, I will work hard to continue the strong community connections that City College has developed over its 100-year history. I also think there are new partnerships and connections we can nurture and build.”

Dr. Beebe succeeds Lynn Neault, who has served as the college’s interim president since July. His appointment is subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees at the district’s governing board’s May 22 meeting. SDCCD now begins a national search for a new president of San Diego Continuing Education, which also celebrates its 100th year in 2014.

From its beginnings with 34 students and four instructors in 1914, San Diego City College has grown into a diverse campus of 17,000 students. At buildout, the college will have the capacity to serve 25,000 students in first-rate classrooms and lab facilities.

As the second-largest of California’s 72 community college districts, the San Diego Community College District serves about 130,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and seven Continuing Education campuses.

— An SDCCD press release contributed to this report.

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