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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Changing of the guard: Michael Poindexter succeeds Kathryn Jeffery as interim president

Vice President of Student Services Michael Poindexter has taken over as interim president at City College until a replacement can be found, which may happen as early as June 2016. | Photo by Vanessa S. Nelson · vanessanelsonexpress@gmail.com
Vice President of Student Services Michael Poindexter has taken over as interim president at City College until a replacement can be found, which may happen as early as June 2016. | Photo by Vanessa S. Nelson · [email protected]

After a tumultuous fall semester, during which a student was shot and killed on campus and President Kathryn Jeffery’s announced that she was leaving to take a new job in Southern California, the new year has brought major administrative changes to City College.

Michael Poindexter, City College’s vice president of Student Services, moved into the position of interim president Feb. 3 and will serve until a perma- nent replacement can be found, as early as June. Poindexter said he would then return to his regular duties as VPSS.

“I am more interested in doing my job as vice president of Student Services than being the president of the college,” Poindexter said, “but when I was asked if I was interested and if I would do it, I said yes.”

A statement issued in the Panther Progress newsletter by Los Rios Chancellor Brian King announced Poindexter’s appointment as interim president replacing Jeffery, who began a new position Feb. 8 as president and superintendent at Santa Monica College.

Poindexter stressed that Jeffery did not leave because of the shooting but to pursue a significant career opportunity.

“There’s a report out referencing her part and acknowledging the good work that she did during that time period,” Poindexter said.

Poindexter has been at City College since 2007 in his current capacity and has more than 25 years of administrative experience in higher education.

According to Poindexter, he loves his job as City College’s VPSS. He said he isn’t nervous about taking on his new duties as president and feels that it is the right thing for him to do.

“Being the president of the college is a large job,” said Poindexter. “The president is the main manager of the institution. I think I have a good relationship with our administrators, faculty, our staff and our students. As long as these groups are by my side, I shouldn’t be nervous about anything.”

The student experience — including getting the most out of the educational system and succeeding with an educational goal — is the most important aspect of the administration’s job at City College, according to Poindexter.

“We have to retain more students … and we need to be looking at what we are doing to retain students and what is the role of the faculty, staff [and] the students for them to be successful at this institution,” said Poindexter.

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According to Dr. Marybeth Buechner, dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness at City College, the State Chancellor’s Office defines a completion rate based on tracking students for community colleges as part of the state’s Student Success Scorecard.

The Scorecard completion rate measures what percentage of degree/certificate- or transfer-seeking students complete a degree, certificate or transfer outcome within six years of starting college.

According to the 2015 Student Success Scorecard, the completion rate for City College is 47 percent.

While Poindexter said he isn’t disappointed with this number, he added that he wants to work to increase it and to improve the educational experience for everyone at City College.

“We will not be straying from our strategic plan and our mission of the institution,” Poindexter said. “We will be working on recruitment, we will be working on persistence of students, we will be working on pathways of how students arrive at the institution, and the pathways they are directed to once they are here.

“And the most important one,” he said, “we’ll be working on having some fun.”

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