REGION — Not long after celebrating his fifth year as president and superintendent of MiraCosta College, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez announced Thursday that he would be resigning his position.
Rodriguez has accepted a position to become chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District.
His resignation will become effective May 31.
According to Cheryl Broom, director, public relations and governmental relations, marketing and communications, Rodriguez will remain working at the college until that time.
A timetable to find a replacement should take place within the next several months, Broom said.
“During that time the Board will decide if they want to appoint an acting president from within MiraCosta’s leadership or go outside and try to find an interim president,” Broom said.
In a statement released by the college, Rodriguez said that, “I have no doubt that the college’s outstanding reputation will attract superb candidates to serve as the next superintendent/president.”
Since his joining the college, Rodriguez has been credited with helping the college district balance the budget and more than double student graduation numbers.
Rodriguez was making $256,200 annually while at MiraCosta.
Broom said the college does have a number of projects that they’ve made a lot of progress on, but none that would be affected by Rodriguez’s resignation.
“We’re hoping that we’ll find somebody else to come in with the same level of enthusiasm and be able to help us see what we’re doing to the end,” she added.
Prior to joining MiraCosta College in January 2009, Rodriguez served for six years as president of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif.
The Los Angeles Community College District recruited Rodriguez for his role as chancellor.
Rodriguez will be replacing interim Chancellor Dr. Adriana Barrera, who was appointed by the LACCD Board of Trustees on July 1, 2013.