Brice W. Harris has been selected to lead California’s 112 campus community college system of higher education, the largest in the country.
The unanimous decision to have the former Los Rios Community College District president become the 15th chancellor was made official by the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, according to a Sept. 27 press release from the Chancellor’s office.
Former chancellor, Jack Scott expressed his approval of the decision.
“I enthusiastically endorse the appointment of Dr. Brice Harris,” said Scott. “He is an outstanding educational leader.”
Recent budget cuts from the Chancellor’s office shows enrollment decreased by more than 485,000 students to 2.4 million in three academic years. State funding reductions, in turn, led to cuts in community college classes by more than 20 percent.
Already a member of the greater Sacramento business community, Harris is known for his ability to connect money restraints with community needs. Harris is no stranger to the community college system, recently retiring as chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, in which he served for 16 years.
He is credited with the expansion of the district’s nursing program as well as helping to secure bond money for expanding and improving school facilities such as the recent renovation of Hughes Stadium.
An annual salary of $198,500 with a standard benefits package afforded to state employees is what the Harris will receive when he begins his run as chancellor on Nov. 6, 2012.