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State Center Trustees to Talk about Picking Chancellor on Tuesday



From left, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, Dr. Omid Pourzanjani, and Dr. Beatriz Espinoza are the State Center chancellor finalists. (GV Wire illustration)
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The State Center Community College District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss appointing a new chancellor.

The special meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. and precede the regular board meeting scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.

The trustees will go into a closed session at the special meeting to talk about the appointment. When they emerge, they are required by the state’s public meeting laws to announce any actions taken during the closed session.

Link to the Special Meeting

The three chancellor candidates are Dr. Carole Goldsmith, president of Fresno City College; Dr. Beatriz Espinoza, who is working at Laredo Community College in Texas as a consultant on a National Science Foundation grant; and Dr. Omid Pourzanjani, former superintendent/president of San Joaquin Delta Community College District in Stockton.

The district’s former chancellor, Paul Parnell, retired in July. Dr. Douglas Houston has been serving as interim chancellor.

Here is the link to the special meeting.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email