Chabot College president announces retirement

Chabot College President Susan Sperling. (Credit: Chabot College)

Chabot College’s second-longest-serving president is set to retire this summer.

Chabot College President Susan Sperling announced her retirement this morning after serving 11 years as president and 36 years with the community college. Her last day is set for July 31.

“In a society that continues to be challenged by inequity, the California Community Colleges represent the democratic vision of equal access to education and a better future for all Californians,” Sperling said in a press release. “It has been my great honor to lead Chabot College in bringing that vision to reality for our students and communities.”

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is expected to begin a nationwide search for her successor immediately, the release states.

Sperling got her bachelor’s degree and doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984, before teaching courses at a variety of institutions, including UC Berkeley and San Jose State University. She joined Chabot as an anthropology professor in 1987.

Sperling then served in a variety of roles, including leadership roles as the faculty union president and dean of social sciences. She was appointed to be the community college’s ninth president in 2013 and has been the longest-serving one since founding President Reed Buffington, the release states.

During her time as president, Sperling was able to secure funding for major infrastructure projects through the passage of two bond measures, oversaw the establishment of the Black Cultural Resource Center and the Dream Center for undocumented students, as well as deepening partnerships with local schools and organizations.

“President Sperling’s dedication to Chabot College and its surrounding community will be felt for decades to come,” Tim Sbranti, president of the district board of trustees, said in a statement. “Her ability to advocate for funding and build critical partnerships will ensure that prospective students in our community have a path to higher education and a rewarding career.”

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