California Community Colleges names new chancellor

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Brice Harris, chancellor of the California Community Colleges system

Brice Harris, chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, Sacramento, California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The nation’s largest public college system is getting a new leader. The governing board of California Community Colleges on Thursday named Brice Harris as the next chancellor of the 112-campus system, which serves 2.4 million students annually. He starts the job Nov. 6.

Harris will replace Jack Scott, who retired this month after more than three and a half years in the position.

Harris previously spent nearly 16 years as chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, which includes the American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Harris will be inheriting control of a higher education behemoth buffeted by budget cuts and debates about its mission and success rate.

As chancellor, Harris will receive an annual salary of $198,500 plus benefits.

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