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Brian King to step down as President of Cabrillo

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012


Graduate Brian Baker gets a warm handshake from Cabrillo College President Brian King. (File photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).


APTOS — Dr. Brian King, who has led Cabrillo College as president and superintendent since 2004, overseen several major construction projects and led the college as it suffered $20 million in budget cuts, will be leaving for a new position at the end of January, Cabrillo officials announced Tuesday.

King was appointed as chancellor by the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees on Monday, a position in which he will oversee the district’s four colleges.

The Los Rios Community College District is the second largest in the state, and enrolls more than 80,000 students at its four colleges, which include: American River, Consumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “It’s bittersweet because we love Cabrillo and we love Santa Cruz.”

King said he is looking forward to working in the state capital and being able to have an impact on state policy surrounding community colleges.

“Cabrillo has been fortunate to have Brian’s leadership for the past nine years, almost twice the average term for a community college president,” said Alan Smith, chair of the Cabrillo College Governing Board. “As one of the leading community colleges in the state, Cabrillo's outstanding staff, faculty and administration provided fertile ground for Brian’s successes as Cabrillo president and his selection as Chancellor at Los Rios. Brian has been a leader and catalyst for student success at Cabrillo and everyone at Cabrillo wishes him the very best.”

During his time at Cabrillo, King led the successful implementation of two bond measures that resulted in the construction of several new instructional facilities on campus.

In addition, he worked closely with Cabrillo College Foundation leadership to secure more than $20 million in funding from local and national donors for instructional programs and student scholarships.

He also led several student success initiatives, including the Santa Cruz County College Commitment, a countywide collaborative formed with the goal of increasing the college readiness and success of every student in Santa Cruz County.

  King is president-elect of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, a board member of Dominican Hospital, a member of the Santa Cruz Business Council and a member of Santa Cruz Rotary.

  “I have been proud to serve as Cabrillo’s president for the past nine years,” he said. “Cabrillo is an excellent community college with a strong reputation throughout the state, and the accomplishments we achieved together certainly helped me to secure the chancellor position at Los Rios. I will miss the wonderful people at Cabrillo College and within the Santa Cruz County community, but will look forward to working with them on statewide initiatives.”

  King is expected to assume his new role of chancellor on Feb. 1. Over the next several months, the Cabrillo College Governing Board will engage in a national search process to identify and name Cabrillo’s next president.

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