City College of San Francisco Chancellor Don Griffin disclosed Tuesday that he is battling a brain tumor and will retire this month rather than in the fall, as he had announced just weeks ago.
In an e-mail to thousands of students and employees, Griffin said he'll have the tumor removed at UCSF, and that he is "optimistic for a successful surgery in a few weeks and a positive recovery."
In February, the City College Board of Trustees authorized spending up to $150,000 on a nationwide search for a new chancellor after Griffin quietly let them know he would step down once a replacement had been hired, probably after the college's 2012-13 budget had been approved.
The 69-year-old chancellor did not know about the tumor at that time, said John Rizzo, president of the board. After learning the diagnosis, Griffin told the board early this month.