LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the Los Angeles Community College District today not only for appointing Dr. Daniel LaVista — an experienced higher education state leader — but for conducting a thorough search throughout the country for an individual who is a world class leader in higher education.
LaVista, who currently serves as Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia where he works with 16 public and two- and four-year institutions, 23 community colleges of the Virginia Community College System, and 100 other private and out-of-state institutions, has demonstrated his understanding that community colleges not only need to provide access, but deliver success for its students.
“The Chamber applauds the district for conducting a thorough search that included looking at local, as well as out-of-state candidates in order to find the absolute best candidate,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “We look forward to working with LaVista to build a community college system that prepares students to complete globally in the 21st century by dramatically increasing graduation and transfer rates.”
In February, the Chamber and LACCD were two of several key partners to sign the L.A. Compact. One of the Compact’s key goals is a commitment to significantly increase student success rates. The Chamber will work closely with LaVista to fulfill the commitments outlined in the Compact to offer students and families timely, comprehensive information about the cost, financing and benefits of completing a two-year and four-year college degree and/or a vocational certificate. The L.A. Compact also seeks to provide LAUSD graduates enrolled in local two-year and four-year institutions early and continuing support for success, persistence and timely graduation.
More information on the L.A. Area Chamber’s education initiatives is available at www.lachamber.com/education.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.