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Peralta Community College District board votes to restart search for its next chancellor

San Jose Mercury News
The Peralta Community College District will scrap months of work and conduct a second search for a chancellor, trustees decided Tuesday night.

The board made the unanimous decision after employees complained they had not been adequately included in the nationwide search, much of which took place during the summer, when school was not in session. The announcement at Tuesday's board meeting was met with a smattering of applause.

The decision means the district may not have a permanent replacement for Elihu Harris, who left last summer after trustees declined to extend his contract, until the 2011-12 school year is under way. Trustees had planned on the new chancellor starting by next July.

Longtime Peralta administrator Wise Allen has led the district since Harris left and likely will remain at the helm until the permanent replacement is hired.

In reopening the search, trustees rejected all three finalists -- Lawrence Cox, Edna Chun and Ed Gould -- who had been chosen from 10 applicants. Board members did not comment on the decision after Tuesday's announcement
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