L.A. Area Chamber Applauds Selection of California Community Colleges' Chancellor

Chamber Board Member Chosen to Lead Largest Community College System in the Nation

July 18, 2016
by Claudine Battisti

LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (CCC) announced the appointment of Eloy Ortiz Oakley as the next Chancellor of the 113-college system. Oakley brings extensive community college leadership experience to the position, including his most recent service as Superintendent-President of Long Beach City College District. Additionally, Oakley sits on the board of directors for the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce resoundingly applauds the appointment of Eloy Oakley to lead the largest system of higher education in the nation. We have been fortunate to work closely with Eloy during his service on our Board of Directors and have been privileged to observe his leadership at both the local and state level on behalf of California students. Oakley is a proven leader, and we are confident he will successfully continue to advance opportunities for the 2.1 million students the California Community College system serves,” said Gary Toebben, President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Oakley was appointed as the Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District in 2007, and in 2014, Governor Brown appointed Oakley to the University of California Board of Regents.  Oakley is known for his ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships both within his college community and with external stakeholders and policy leaders at the local, state and national level.


The Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development team has long hailed Oakley’s pivotal role in the formation of the Long Beach College Promise, a nationally recognized partnership among Long Beach City College, Long Beach Unified School District, and California State University, Long Beach that provides streamlined pathways and structured supports to help all local students prepare for, enroll in, and succeed in college.


“Oakley’s efforts to develop the Long Beach College Promise into the mature partnership that it now is has had a transformational impact on our local students – so much so that it’s been replicated by numerous colleges and universities throughout California and across the nation, and cited as a model education partnership by President Obama,” Toebben continued. “We look forward to working with Chancellor Oakley, a vocal and passionate leader for student-centered reforms, and the CCCO to continue advancing measures that promote student success across the system.”


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.

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