Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley Honored at White House Ceremony

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LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley Named Chancellor of the California Community Colleges

LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley.

Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley was honored at the White House by the Obama Administration at the “Champions of Change for College Opportunity” event Friday, Sept. 30. Among the 11 honorees, Oakley is the only recipient from the western United States. He was recognized for his leadership on the Long Beach College Promise and his efforts to establish a California College Promise.

“I am honored to be recognized by the White House and I share this with our Long Beach College Promise partners,” said Oakley. “Our partners are completely dedicated to the success of the Long Beach College Promise, which is evident by our great results, and we are proud to be a model for other communities.”

Oakley, who has served as president of Long Beach City College for nearly a decade, will be leaving LBCC in December to become the next chancellor of the California Community College system.

He is a co-founder of the Long Beach College Promise and serves as co-chair of the Education Leadership Committee of the national College Promise Campaign. He also serves on the University of California Board of Regents.

The Long Beach College Promise began in 2008 and is an innovative, award-winning partnership among Long Beach’s nationally recognized public K-12 school district, community college, state university and city government. Its mission is to extend the promise of a college education to every student in the Long Beach Unified School District.

All recipients from the Champion of Change event were recognized for doing important work in their own communities to strengthen access to high-quality education.

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