Anthony Beebe named president of Santa Barbara City College in California

Santa Barbara City College

Anthony Beebe named president of Santa Barbara City College

Concluding a nationwide search, Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Trustees are proud to announce the selection of Dr. Anthony Beebe, current president of San Diego City College, as the next Superintendent/President of SBCC. He is expected to assume his position effective July 1, 2016.

Dr. Beebe was selected from an impressive and diverse pool of candidates because of his proven leadership, commitment to expanding educational opportunities, experience working in diverse communities, and his expertise in educational programs.

SBCC Board of Trustees President, Marsha S. Croninger, said “Dr. Beebe is fully committed to the success of each student at the college. He also understands that SBCC is the community’s college. He has a clear focus and demonstrated success reaching out to meet the needs of local communities – the “community” part of community college. I am confident that under his leadership SBCC will further enhance its tradition of academic excellence while building upon its outreach to the community for the collective benefit of all. “

As President of San Diego City College, Dr. Beebe oversaw, a large, highly diverse urban campus located in the heart of downtown San Diego. In March of 2016, Dr. Beebe was recognized as the “People’s President” for his community work and service in Barrio Logan, one of the oldest San Diego neighborhoods.

Prior to leading San Diego City College, Dr. Beebe spent eight years as President of the San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), one of the largest separately accredited institutions of its kind in the nation, that serves 45,000 students at seven San Diego Community College District campuses and many other community and neighborhood sites. One of the hallmarks of Dr. Beebe’s service has been his efforts in establishing non-credit to credit pathways to assist students to transition to higher education.

Upon hearing of his selection, Dr. Beebe said “I am honored and humbled to be selected as Santa Barbara City College’s next Superintendent/President. I look forward to building on the strong foundation already established by the leaders that preceded me, including Dr. Lori Gaskin. I understand what a special place this college is and its importance to the community. We will work together to build on the college’s strong traditions of excellence and its commitment to the community. I am eager to listen and engage with the campus, the SBCC Foundation and with the local community to foster strong relationships.“

Retiring President Dr. Lori Gaskin said "I appreciate the fine work of the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent/President Screening Committee, and college staff whose collective efforts over these past many months are resulting in the next leader of this exceptional institution. I am deeply committed to SBCC and our students and know that the college is in good hands with Dr. Beebe. He will capably advance the commitment to academic excellence that has long been the hallmark of SBCC."

SBCC has been conducting a search for a successor to Dr. Lori Gaskin, who announced her retirement effective August 1, 2016. An extensive nationwide search was conducted by a national executive search and management consulting firm to recruit candidates. The SBCC District Board of Trustees was also assisted by a search committee made up of college administrators, faculty and classified staff, students, a representative for the Foundation for SBCC, and community members. The Search Committee screened the initial pool of 42 candidates, interviewed 12 and forwarded the finalists to the Board of Trustees. The four finalists participated in a public forum on April 25, 2016.

The SBCC Board of Trustees will hold a closed session meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to finalize contract negotiations.

For more information about the Superintendent/President Search, please visit the Search Committee website.

Background on Dr. Anthony Beebe

Dr. Beebe began his career in higher education in 1988 as a business and management professor, first teaching at Southern Oregon State College (Ashland, OR), before moving to Portland Community College, and then Marylhurst University, near Portland. Prior to this, Dr. Beebe was a fire fighter, working as a training officer in a fire academy on an Army base in Saudi Arabia. Earlier he was a full-time fire fighter for Douglas County Fire District #1 in Oregon.

Dr. Beebe earned a Doctor of Education degree from Oregon State University; an MBA from California State University, Sacramento; a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oregon; and an Associate’s degree from Lane Community College, in Eugene. In 2003, Dr. Beebe completed the Harvard University Graduate Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.
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