(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement today congratulating Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley on his appointment as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges:
“I want to add my enthusiastic congratulations to Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley on being selected as the new Chancellor for the California Community Colleges system – he is the right choice. The students of Long Beach City College benefitted tremendously from President Oakley’s innovative ideas and exemplary leadership. I am confident his talents will have an equally positive impact on the millions of students enrolled in community colleges across our state.
President Oakley has a strong record as a trailblazer in the field of education policy, having championed initiatives such as the Long Beach College Promise, Alternative Placement Procedures, Guided Pathways and Transfer Degrees, which have not only benefitted the students I taught while as a classroom teacher, but has allowed countless others to reach their educational and professional goals.
As Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and a member of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, I look forward to continuing my partnership with President Oakley on initiatives such as the California College Promise and moving the system forward to ensure Californians have greater access to affordable, quality higher education.”
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.