San Diego Community College District headquarters. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego City College’s vice president of student services has been appointed interim president until a permanent appointment is made, San Diego Community College District officials announced Tuesday.

Denise Whisenhunt has held a variety of leadership positions in the district for more than 15 years. The district is conducting a year-long, national search for a new president since former president Anthony Beebe left in May for a job in Santa Barbara.

“Denise Whisenhunt is the perfect person to serve as interim president of City College,” SDCCD Chancellor Constance Carroll said. “She knows the college well and enjoys widespread respect throughout the district for her leadership, hard work, and talent.

“She also has extensive professional experience, connections with the community and a strong commitment to advocacy for students,” Carroll said. “I am truly looking forward to working with her in this new role during a critical period of transition for the college.”

Whisenhunt, who has been acting president since May, will immediately assume leadership of San Diego’s oldest community college.

City College, which celebrated its centennial in 2014, recently underwent a massive transformation of its 60-acre downtown campus as part of the SDCCD’s Propositions S and N bond program.

“The opportunity to serve the district’s flagship community college in this leadership role is an honor,” Whisenhunt said. “I look forward to working with students, faculty and staff to continue to carry the mission of the college in our community.”

Whisenhunt earned a political science degree from the University of California, San Diego, and is a graduate of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

—City News Service

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