October 20, 2000

Bobby Wilson Named Interim President of City College

Bobby F. Wilson, who has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions during his almost three decades at City College, has been named interim president of the downtown campus. He replaces David Agosto, who served as interim City College president since March 1st while on temporary leave from Cuyamaca College where he will return Nov. 1st to resume his job as vice president of student development and services.

City College, which is one of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) expects to hire a permanent president by June 2001. Wilson starts as interim president Nov. 1.

Wilson recently completed a year as interim president of the SDCCD's Continuing Education Centers, which serve about 50,000 students in adult education programs throughout San Diego. City College serves about 14,000 students a semester in day and evening classes.

While serving as interim Continuing Education president, and in his prior position as dean of the City College School of Business, he earned a reputation for encouraging the development of new programs that respond to community needs.

Last year the League For Innovation—a national community college association dedicated to creativity and innovation in the 2-year colleges—recognized Wilson with an award for his leadership in developing the City College computer technology program, which includes training in computer repair, computer assembly and software applications.

"Working at City College is a continuously exciting experience, and it is both a joy and an honor to have been selected as president of San Diego City College," Wilson said.

"The diverse ethnic and cultural mix at City College is a mirror image of what our society has become." Wilson added, "Learning to live in harmony and profit from our vast cultural differences is a natural occurrence here at City College."

Wilson said he will focus on team building in both the faculty and administrative areas to address the instructional and student services needs identified by review of college programs and the college's master plan.

"I am delighted and look forward to the challenge of helping students meet their educational goals in the vital programs provided by City College," Wilson said.

"I will continue to promote and support cultural awareness of our very diverse populations, and continue our commitment to meet the needs of business and industry by preparing potential employees."

Augustine Gallego, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, said City College is fortunate to have Wilson as interim president.

"With almost 30 years of service to City College, as a faculty member and administrator, interim President Wilson has a keen understanding of the needs of the communities City College serves," Gallego said.

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