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August 21, 2007 > Chabot College President Announces Retirement

Chabot College President Announces Retirement

Submitted By Jennifer Aries

At the District's annual fall gathering, Chabot College President Robert Carlson announced his retirement effective August 2008.

Carlson, the 11th president of the 46-year old community college in Hayward, has led Chabot for the past six years, with a total of 38 years as an educator.

He is credited with creating an open governance process inviting all Chabot employees to take part in the decision making process. In 2004, he led the College's campaign for Measure B, a $498 million facilities bond, slightly more than half of which went to Chabot for new buildings and renovations. He worked tirelessly to re-structure the Chabot College Foundation which raised more than $800,000 last year.

"Dr. Carlson saw a jewel in Chabot when he came here six years ago. Under his leadership the college has built upon its reputation as an academic and workforce development leader," said Chancellor Joel Kinnamon. "Bob's patient nature and visionary abilities helped guide Chabot through some difficult times. He's been a strong leader and we will miss him. Fortunately for our district, he has agreed to serve
until a new president is selected and then become part of the Chancellor's Transition Team, assisting with education and planning efforts until his retirement in August."

Prior to attaining the presidency of Chabot College, Carlson served as the executive director of the University of New Mexico Campus at Gallup, New Mexico.

Before that he spent 12 years in the San Diego Community College District where he served as the district manager of economic development, the dean of instruction at Miramar College, and the dean of the School of Applied Arts and Sciences at San Diego City College.

Carlson received his associate degree from the School of Technical Careers at Southern Illinois University. He received his bachelor's degree in education and master's degree in community college and adult education from Southern Illinois University. His doctoral degree is in education and business administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

A nationwide search for a new Chabot College president will begin immediately.

Chabot College is a community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs throughout the year. The campus caters to a diverse, vital student population of 15,000 whose goals range from transfer to a four-year college to skills training and personal enrichment. Classes cost $20 per unit for California residents. Students may register online at For registration information please call (510) 723-6700. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

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