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Aug. 26- Sept. 8, 2015 Campus Briefs

Administration Changes

Now that the administrative positions of vice chancellor of academic affairs, vice chancellor of student development, and vice chancellor of finance and administration are filled, Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb has chosen to reorganize the administration back to a more traditional structure.

During discussions amongst constituency groups, Lamb observed discontent within staff and students surrounding the decision for capital projects from buildings and grounds to report to different senior managers, as well as Student Services splitting into two different areas.

Concern was also expressed by faculty members, including deans, that the advancement of the schedule and students’ academic pathways would be compromised due to the split of the school and the Center Deans into two separate areas.

With the goal of a more stable administrative structure, Lamb initiated changes that were effective immediately as of July 16. The vice president for student services and equity will now report to the vice chancellor of student development. Buildings, grounds, and police services will report to the vice chancellor for finance and administration, and the Center Deans will report to the vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The position of interim vice chancellor for student development was filled by Samuel Santos, while Mark Zacovic remains interim vice chancellor of finance and administration and Joanne Low the vice chancellor of academic affairs. Former Chancellor Arthur Tyler currently receives a full chancellor salary as vice chancellor for facilities management. –Audrey Garces/Staff Writer

Development Slated for 33 Gough St.

In June City College chose two developers, Equity Community Builders and Integral, to replace a seismically-vulnerable structure previously shuttered in January and to develop its 46,000 square foot parcel at 33 Gough St.

The property, located on the edge of Civic Center, is near several of San Francisco’s major tech companies consequently making the property very valuable for new housing.

Locals remain concerned the property will be used to create more housing for high-income prospects, thus proliferating a gentrification issue already affecting the ability of low and middle-class San Franciscans in finding affordable housing.

The developers plan to improve the property and build up to 300 units before returning it back to the college. The proposal City College has accepted allows for 30 percent of its residents to have access to units that are priced below market value, while other developers, who offered competing proposals with 50 percent below-market units, were turned down.

City College, which is threatened with losing its accreditation, plans to use the earnings from this project for renovations and improvements to its nine other campus buildings.

The state­-appointed trustee Guy Lease is currently overseeing this process until the City College Board of Trustees resumes power in July 2016, allowing decisions to be made by a state official rather than the locally­-elected board.

Meanwhile, classes previously offered at 33 Gough St. have resumed for the fall semester at the new Civic Center campus at 1170 Market St.

-Audrey Garces/Staff Writer


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