When Chabot-Las Positas Chancellor Jannett Jackson learned her contract would not be renewed by the community college’s elected Board of Trustees last summer, she later chose to resign in August. A short-term interim chancellor in Susan Cota, who previously held the position, took over.
The job of chancellor then passed on to Thomas Fallo, as the board conducted an extensive search for a permanent chancellor. But because of Fallo’s pension restrictions, he could no longer hold the interim position through this month.
Furthermore, the Board of Trustees last December surprisingly turned away all three of a search committee’s recommended candidates, leading to a new interim being named Tuesday night.
Ronald Gerhard, the vice chancellor of business services for the district, becomes the community college’s third interim chancellor since August. He makes the switch to the chancellor’s office on Jan. 22 and will earn a monthly salary of $22,916.67.
There is no timetable yet for the resumption of a search for a permanent chancellor. Gerhard was not a candidate for the position last fall. But, like Fallo, Gerhard’s time as interim chancellor is limited, and he can hold the position only through Aug. 22, or be permanently elevated.