Dr. Daisy Gonzales, a Product of California Public Colleges, is Named Acting Chancellor of the California Community Colleges

July 19th, 2021
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Amber Roman
Director of Strategic Communications

Today, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors named Dr. Daisy Gonzales acting chancellor of the California Community Colleges. Dr. Gonzales is the first Latina and only the second woman to assume this position. Currently the system’s Deputy Chancellor, Dr. Gonzales will succeed Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley as he joins the Biden administration in the exciting role of special advisor to U.S. education secretary Miguel Cardona until his return in the late fall.

“Students have and always will be Dr. Daisy Gonzales’ north star,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “Her appointment as acting chancellor of the nation’s largest community college system is monumental for students and good for California. She is a tireless advocate for improving student outcomes and closing racial inequities that persist in higher education. She is a student-centered leader that can ensure more California students have the opportunity to go to college and succeed regardless of their race/ethnicity, income status, or zip code.”