William Duncan named president of Sierra College in California

The Sacremento Bee May 16, 2011
Sierra College named its new president Tuesday after trustees signed a contract with William Duncan.
Duncan, president of Taft College in Kern County, will take the helm of the Rocklin college on July 1. He succeeds Leo Chavez, who is retiring.

Sierra College officials touted Duncan's record of developing income streams for Taft College, where he has worked for the past 14 years.

While at Taft, Duncan secured a $5 million grant for science, technology and math education, and supported an entrepreneurial partnership between faculty and businesses to build an iPad application for teaching statistics.

Duncan said he was accustomed to dealing with the budget constraints California's community colleges are now facing. He said it was too soon to say how he would handle budget cuts at Sierra College.
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