Coast District Congratulates State Chancellor Oakley on Federal Appointment
For Immediate Release: July 20, 2021

Blue waves followed by the words Coast Colleges with logos for Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College beneath.

The Coast Community College District congratulates California Community College Chancellor Eloy Oakley on his temporary assignment as special advisor to federal Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. Oakley has close ties with Orange County's Coast Colleges as an alumnus of Golden West College – one of the Coast District's three colleges – and previous roles as a part-time faculty member and the district's risk services manager.

As of July 26, deputy chancellor Daisy Gonzales will assume the role of acting chancellor for the 116-college system educating 2.1 million students. Gonzales has served in the state chancellor's office since 2017 and is familiar with the work of Coast and other Orange County districts.

The following statement can be attributed to Coast District Chancellor John Weispfenning:

The Coast District celebrates the federal advocacy of our alumnus, former colleague, and statewide leader Eloy Oakley. The California Community Colleges are second to none in providing an affordable, accessible, and high-quality education for a diverse student population. Chancellor Oakley will have much to offer the national conversation on how we achieve equitable success for all of California's communities. As Chancellor Oakley embraces this new opportunity, the Coast District looks forward to working closely with Acting Chancellor Daisy Gonzales to navigate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have great confidence in Acting Chancellor Gonzales' vision and commitment to students.

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The Coast Community College District is located in Orange County and is among the largest districts in the United States. The District's three colleges – Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College – provide traditional degree and transfer opportunities, career and technical training, basic skills, English as a Second Language, and other community programs. Thanks to the Measure M community bond funding approved by voters in 2012, the Coast Colleges are in the midst of a $698 million revitalization of educational and student support infrastructure.

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