S.F. City College Chancellor Stepping Down

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Chancellor Don Griffin of City College of San Francisco will soon step down as head of the school he took over as its leaders were mired in scandal four years ago.

With no formal announcement of Griffin's pending departure, the Board of Trustees has simply authorized spending up to $150,000 to find a new chancellor at one of the nation's largest community colleges. City College enrolls 90,000 students at a dozen locations, with a $400 million budget.

"We want to do a national search," board President John Rizzo said. "We'll be in fiscal straits for the next several years, so we want someone who can deal with that."

Griffin, 69, has dealt with that and more. A licensed psychologist, Griffin held dual roles as vice chancellor of academic affairs and of student development in 2008 when then-Chancellor Philip Day resigned amid growing evidence that he had misused public funds. Day pleaded guilty in September to diverting college funds to campaigns for facilities bond measures. He was fined $30,000 and sentenced to five years probation.

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