Former Laney College President appointed Chancellor in Central Valley

Former Laney College President Dr. Deborah Blue was appointed Chancellor of the State Center Community College District. The Central Valley district includes Fresno City College and Reedley College.

"Dr. Blue possesses the leadership skills and qualities that will serve the District well as we move forward in these challenging times for California community colleges," said Board President Patrick Patterson.

Blue was selected after a nationwide search conducted by the American Association of Community College Trustees, according to the district. After a series of public forums with two other finalists, trustees selected her after a site visit to the Contra Costa Community College District. Blue is currently vice-chancellor of district wide planning and educational Services.

Prior to her appointment with the Contra Costa Community College District, she served as Vice President for Policy and Research for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and President of Laney College in Oakland, California.

Blue was said to have left Laney College on less than stellar terms. Trustees criticized some ACCJC members, including Blue, for having a "vendetta" against Peralta, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet.

Blue's husband is former West Valley-Mission Chancellor Stan Arterberry.

Photo courtesy of the Contra Costa.

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