Dr. Bryan Reece set to become college district’s next chancellor

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Dr. Bryan Reece (Credit: Dr. Bryan Reece.)

By Kathy Chouteau

The Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) Governing Board announced today it is beginning contract negotiations with Dr. Bryan Reece to become the district’s next permanent chancellor. If all proceeds according to plan, the board aims to place the contract for public review and approval at its meeting Wed., Oct. 14.

The announcement follows a nationwide search that commenced in January 2020, paused in March and April due to the transition to remote operations during the pandemic, and restarted again this month. Last week, public forums were held for the finalist and the Governing Board conducted a final interview, culminating in a special public meeting of the board yesterday.

According to his bio, Dr. Reece has been working in the higher education realm for three decades, including 15 years in senior management, a decade of community college administration and five years of private sector management. As the founder of the National Policy Agenda for Community Colleges (NPACC), he currently works to address social justice and equity at the national level through the work of American community colleges. He holds a BA, MA and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC). 

While the search for a new chancellor has been underway, Eugene Huff has been serving as the interim chancellor. His contract ends Dec. 31.

The CCCCD encompasses Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, as well as educational centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The district headquarters is located in downtown Martinez.

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