College district board approves contract for new chancellor

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

Dr. Bryan Reece has become the 9th permanent chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District, after the district’s governing board approved his contract at its Oct. 14 meeting.

He will begin work Nov. 1 and receive a base annual salary of $315,000, with performance-based incentives. The contract will run through June 30, 2022, at which time the Governing Board can consider up to a two-year extension. 

Governing Board President Rebecca Barrett said Dr. Reece will fill the need for a strong and visionary leader “to meet the challenges we face.” He has been “a transformational figure at three California community colleges, including Cerritos College, Crafton Hills College and Norco College,” according to the district.

“He brings an exemplary higher education background and experiences that will help us address the social justice and equity issues we face, particularly for our students,” Barrett said.

Dr. Reece has spent three decades in higher education, including 15 years of academic and private sector leadership experience, according to the college district.

“He has taught Political Science as a tenured community college faculty member for 19 years and has a documented record of moving community colleges in directions that improve the academic success for students across all groups and has particular expertise with student populations from historically underserved communities,” according to the district statement.

In a statement, Dr. Reece said the district’s future success “can only happen if we all work together for the good of our students.”

“I look forward to the challenge of bringing together our trustees, faculty, classified professionals and managers as we engage more deeply with our community and business leaders, and transform the lives of our students as they achieve their educational goals with us,” he said.

Dr. Reece has a bachelor of arts degree, master of arts degree and doctorate in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

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