State Center district selects new chancellor

State Center Community College District trustees have selected Deborah Blue, vice chancellor at Contra Costa Community College District, as chancellor.

Blue will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Tom Crow, who will leave his position June 30. The appointment was announced at a special board meeting Thursday night.

Blue's start date and salary will be determined at the next board meeting, when the final contract is settled, said district spokeswoman Teresa Patterson.

Blue is a former associate dean at Fresno City College, serving in that post from 1991 to 1994. She now works as vice chancellor for districtwide planning and educational services in the Contra Costa district in Martinez.

Before that, she was president of Laney College in Oakland and also a vice president with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

State Center is one of the largest community college districts in California, enrolling about 40,000 students last fall and covering more than 5,500 square miles in Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings counties.

The board appointed Blue after a nationwide search conducted through the American Association of Community College Trustees. The search process included input from staff, faculty, administration and community members.

Three finalists were chosen and brought to the district for open public forums and interviews.

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