May 29, 2007        

Contact: Lynn Winter Gross


Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees

Names Dr. Marshall Drummond as Chancellor


Former California Community Colleges Chancellor Returns to Serve L.A. District


Dr. Marshall Drummond

Dr. Marshall Drummond


Dr. Marshall (Mark) Drummond, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges since 2004, is returning to Los Angeles to serve as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), a position he held for four-and-a-half years before moving to Sacramento.  Following an extensive national search, the LACCD Board of Trustees made the public announcement of Drummond’s appointment at their May 30, 2007 meeting.


“Like L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who returned to Los Angeles after working in Sacramento, I see my return as a step forward,” Drummond said.  “I feel I made great strides in Sacramento, and now I want to move our Los Angeles community colleges ahead.”


Drummond, 65,  will replace Darroch “Rocky” Young, who will retire as LACCD Chancellor effective August 2007.  Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Young  was Vice Chancellor at the District after serving for 5 years as president of Pierce College, one of the nine colleges in the LACCD District.


“Rocky and his team have advanced the LACCD colleges  to new levels in the area of workforce development,” Drummond said.  “We need well-trained workers to meet the needs of California and we need to get more youth into the training pipeline toward those jobs.”


During his stay in the Sacramento office, Drummond passionately articulated the important mission of community colleges to elected leaders and officials and established a national lobbyist presence in Washington, D.C.  His strong relationship with the Schwarzenegger administration led to a significant increase in funding for career and technical education and he spearheaded the first-ever strategic plan for the California community college system.


“Mark’s experience and exposure to statewide issues will undoubtedly benefit our district,” Board of Trustee President Georgia Mercer said.  “His contacts with the governor’s office and knowledge of their major emphasis on workforce development are a real plus.  We are looking forward to working with Mark and expanding college programs to meet the workforce needs of our community.”


“Chancellor Drummond will build upon and continue the programs initated by Chancellor Young,” Mercer added.  “Through Rocky’s innovative programs, the District made tremendous advances. We will miss Chancellor Young and wish him well in his retirement.”


Rocky created and implemented the first comprehensive district wide strategic plan; launched a ground breaking, year-long leadership training program for faculty and staff; instituted time- and cost-saving ways to advance the District’s construction programs while maintaining the emphasis on sustainability; dramatically improved the financial condition of the district; initiated a number of innovative programs; increased the enrollments of the district through the establishment of a district marketing plan and was a strong, and effective advocate for community colleges on the state level.


The LACCD is in the midst of a $2.2 billion Proposition A/AA bond construction program, which includes more than 40 new or renovated campus buildings, one of the largest "green" building projects in the nation.  The LACCD is one of the largest community college district in the nation, with nine colleges serving more than 130,000 full time students.


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