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City College of San Francisco on Thursday announced Dianna Gonzales, senior vice chancellor for administrative student affairs, will serve as short-term interim chancellor, becoming the first Asian American woman to lead the college.

Gonzales will serve in the short-term position through June 30, 2020, replacing former Chancellor Mark Rocha, whose resignation took effect this past Tuesday.

Gonzales has worked for the college since 2016 and brings more than 16 years of education experience, having previously worked at the San Joaquin Delta College, the San Juan Unified School District and the Oakland School District.

Board President Shanell Williams said:

“This is an important step in moving the college forward.”

Williams added:

“The board will work closely with Interim Chancellor Gonzales during these next few months to develop our budget, and improve college operations to ensure all our students needs are being met.”

The board has admitted to recent budget problems, ultimately leading to the cancellation of more than 300 classes from the school’s Spring 2020 semester.

Last week, Rocha stepped down as chancellor due to a confidential personal issue. The terms of Rocha’s resignation included 12 months of salary valued at $340,481, and among other compensation, continued health and welfare benefits for 12 months, college officials said.

The college’s Board of Trustees will continue its search for a long-term interim chancellor who can serve by July 1, 2020, and serve through June 30, 2021. Once the interim chancellor role is filled, the board will begin a nationwide search for a permanent chancellor that can start by July 2021.

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