San Diego Community College District headquarters. Photo by Chris Stone

 The search for the San Diego Community College District’s next chancellor has been narrowed to four candidates with community college leadership, it was announced Friday.

The finalists are: Barbara Kavalier, president of St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Missouri; Lee Lambert, chancellor of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona; Pamela Luster, president of San Diego Mesa College; and Carlos O. Turner Cortez, president of the San Diego College of Continuing Education.

The finalists were selected as part of a national search by the SDCCD Board of Trustees to replace Constance M. Carroll, who is retiring in June after serving 17 years as chancellor. The board is aiming to make a final selection and announce the new chancellor in late March with the goal of having the new chancellor start July 1.

Next, the finalists will participate in open forums. Separate public forums will take place virtually the week of Feb. 22 for each of the four candidates. Faculty, administrators, staff, students and the public are invited to participate in the virtual public forums. More information is expected to be announced soon, including links to view the forums.

Kavalier, previously served as District President of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, an M.S. in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University in Garland, Texas; a B.S. in Education and English from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and an A.A. from Dallas County Community College District in Dallas.

Lambert previously served as president of Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington. He earned a J.D. from Seattle University and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Luster previously served as interim vice president of Academic Services/permanent vice president of Student Services at Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She earned a doctorate of education in educational leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, an M.A. in Education; and a B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from San Jose State University in San Jose.

Turner Cortez previously served as vice president of instruction at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, California. He earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from USC in Los Angeles, an M.A. in African American Women’s History from New York University in New York, and a B.A. in African American Women’s History from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The SDCCD chancellor is responsible for all operations in a district with a $780 million annual budget. The chancellor oversees San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges, a baccalaureate program at Mesa College and the San Diego College of Continuing Education.

The chancellor also assures that the district is administered in accordance with policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and state and federal regulations.

–City News Service

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