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"City Colleges of
Chicago is committed to providing our students with credentials of economic value to prepare them for further college or a career," said Board Chairman
Martin Cabrera Jr. "With this presidential selection, Chancellor Hyman and I will have assembled a team that will enable us to achieve our ambitious student success goals and transform City Colleges of
Chicago into a world-class community college system."
Joyce Ester brings extensive experience in higher education administration with a special focus on student affairs and has demonstrated a track record of results-driven leadership that will allow us to build off
Kennedy-King College's strong occupational and academic programs and enhance the college's role as a community anchor for
Chicago's South Side," said Chancellor Hyman.
"City Colleges of
Chicago is in the midst of a historic Reinvention and I am thrilled to be part of a team that is laser-focused on ensuring student success," said Dr. Ester. "I look forward to working with the faculty and staff of
Kennedy-King College to help our students reach their goals whether they aim to immediately secure employment, advance in their current career, or transfer to further their education."
Joyce Ester brings more than twenty years' experience in higher education administration and currently serves as Associate Vice President for Student Services at
Bakersfield College in
Bakersfield, CA, where she is responsible for the planning, developing, managing and evaluating of comprehensive Student Services programs. She oversees a student services division of approximately 100 employees who administer the college's Counseling & Advising Service, Transfer Services, Enrollment Services/Admissions, Assessment Services, Financial Aid, Student Activities, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Articulation, Job Placement, Matriculation, Student Health Center, and Commencement. She previously served as Assistant Vice President for Judicial Affairs and Division Planning at
California State University in Fresno, CA, as Assistant Dean of Students/Judicial Affairs at the
University of California Santa Barbara, and as an American Sign Language Adjunct Professor at
Santa Barbara City College. Dr. Ester holds a Ph.D. in Education from the
University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Sociology,
Northern Illinois University,
The City Colleges of
Chicago Board of Trustees passed a resolution in January holding itself accountable for student success and, in February, created a similar resolution for all CCC staff. As a result, the Board changed the job description for CCC presidents to include accountability for the student success goals and launched a national search for candidates. An advisory committee composed of faculty, staff, students, and the community, participated in the selection process and recommended a final candidate to Board Chairman Cabrera and Chancellor Hyman.
Dr. Ester will begin work in early December, joining the system's six Presidents:
Daley College: Dr.
Malcolm X College: Dr.
Olive-Harvey College: Dr.
Craig T. Follins;
Truman College: Dr.
Reagan Romali; Wright College:
Jim Palos and
Harold Washington College:
Donald J. Laackman.
Dr. Ester will hold a formal introduction to faculty, staff, students and the community in the coming weeks.