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Board Selects New Chancellor


June 3, 2003

(DALLAS) — Members of the Dallas County Community College District's board of trustees gave their final approval to hire Dr. Jesus Carreon as DCCCD's fifth chancellor during the group's regular monthly meeting on Tues., June 3. The nomination was approved unanimously during a public vote by board members following a 21-day waiting period.

Carreon, DCCCD's first minority chancellor, will fill the position vacated by Dr. William Wenrich, who retires on Aug. 31 after almost 13 years with the district. Carreon has served as president of Portland (Ore.) Community College since 2001; PCC is a three-campus system that serves more than 45,000 students and also offers continuing education and workforce education programs through several centers.

DCCCD's new chancellor also has served as superintendent and president of the Rio Hondo Community College District in Whittier, Calif., and president of Ventura College in Ventura, Calif. Carreon has held several other senior-level positions at the community college level and has private-sector experience as former manager of a family-owned construction business, Carreon Enterprises.

Carreon, who began his academic career at a community college, earned an associate's degree from Grossmont College in San Diego, Calif.; a bachelor's degree in history from San Diego State University; a master's degree from the University of California-Irvine, with a specialization in organizational development and behavior; and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Southern California, with a specialization in legal issues in higher education.

Carreon serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges and is AACC's chair-elect for 2002-2003 and chair for 2003-2004. He also is a member of the AACC Future Leaders Institute advisory board. He is immediate past president and a member of the board of directors for the National Community College Hispanic Council. Carreon serves as a member of the presidents advisory committee for the Association of Community College Trustees. He is actively involved with a number of state and local boards and councils, including the Portland Business Alliance, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Providence Health System, the Progress Board and the Portland Leaders Roundtable.

Carreon speaks regularly at regional, state and national levels on topics such as economic development and workforce preparation; leadership and change; legal issues in community colleges; the impact of demographic change on America's workforce in the 21st century; and preparation for a globally competitive and diverse workforce.

DCCCD, the largest undergraduate institution in Texas, serves more than 63,000 credit and 27,000 noncredit students. The district comprises seven independently accredited colleges - Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland - plus the Dallas TeleCollege, part of the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications; the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development; a District Service Center; and a district administrative office in downtown Dallas. DCCCD was founded in 1965 and has enrolled more than 1 million students in classes throughout Dallas County, plus distance learners from across the country and around the world.