Guy Lease named new CCSF special trustee

A new City College of San Francisco special trustee was appointed Monday to oversee the transition of governance back to the embattled school’s elected board of trustees later this year, according to the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office.

Guy Lease was appointed by Chancellor Brice Harris to replace Robert Agrella, who in January announced his retirement from overseeing the school.

UPDATE 6:23 p.m. CCSF students, faculty protest special trustee.

Agrella was appointed by the California Community Colleges board of governors in July 2013 to help keep the school open after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges decided to revoke City College’s accreditation, citing issues with the school’s finances and governance structure.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit that ended with a judge issuing an injunction allowing the college another opportunity to defend itself against the ACCJC’s decision.

Harris said in a statement today that he expects control of the school to go back to the local elected trustees this July as the school works to settle its accreditation issues:

“The college is now in compliance with 90 percent of the accreditation standards and local board involvement in completing the recovery is in everyone’s best interest.”