The Yosemite Community College District will restart its search for a new chancellor, throwing the decision to the next cohort of trustees. A majority of seats on the board are up for election Nov. 8.
In a statement Monday, the YCCD board said none of the three finalists who participated in the public forums last week will be hired and the position will reopen for applications.
“The board has decided to restart the search process in January 2017,” said board Chairman Abe Rojas.
“The board expressed much appreciation and gratitude to the screening committee and finalists who attended forums and were interviewed by the board last week,” the announcement said.
The one-paragraph statement said YCCD Chancellor Joan Smith will step down Jan. 4, but gave no indication of an interim successor while a second search takes place.
Smith gave the board nine months’ notice of her plans to leave. Reached by email Monday, Smith said she was not involved in the search and did not know the board’s plans going forward.
The Yosemite Community College District includes Modesto Junior College in Modesto and Columbia College near Sonora, serving Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties, and parts of Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin and Santa Clara. It has an annual budget of more than $114 million, about 1,100 employees and roughly 24,000 students.