Vice-Chancellor leaves: becomes President at College of the Desert

Jacob McGrath

Las Positas College has seen a lot of changes this year, including a high degree of faculty turnover. If the latest development is a clear indication, the changes are still coming.

Joel Kinnamon, who has served as Chancellor of Las Positas for the past five years, has accepted the position of President of College of the Desert in Palm Springs. While at LPC, Kinnamon was responsible for supporting 24,000 students’ education goals each year, providing every student with the facilities and utilities needed to succeed.

“It is an honor to be selected by the Board to lead College of the Desert,” said Dr. Kinnamon on the COD website. “I look forward to working with the community to build upon the good work that has already been done.”

When he assumes the Presidency of College of the Desert, Kinnamon’s new duties will include dis-
playing exceptional sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds of the students. He will also be expected to work effectively with the Board of Trustees in the implementation of District policies.

“I’m proud of the selection committee’s dedication and commitment to the entire process that has resulted in the selection of the new Superintendent/ President,” stated Michael O’Neill, selection committee chair and Board of Trustees member on the College of the Desert website. “The Superintendent/President search and selection process was an inclusive one comprised of stu- dents, administrators, faculty, staff and community members who worked tirelessly to find the best leader.”

His colleagues at Las Positas have expressed the opinion that Kinnamon’s departure is primarily a lifestyle choice.

A replacement Chancellor has not yet been selected.


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