Regent Emeritus Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Eloy Oakley

Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed the chancellor of the California Community Colleges in December 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Superintendent and President of Long Beach City College, a position he held from 2007-2016. He joined Long Beach City College in 2002, first as the vice president of administrative services then as the College's executive vice president of administrative services from 2004 to 2006. Chancellor Ortiz Oakley was vice president of college services at Oxnard College from 2001 to 2002 and an assistant vice president at Keenan and Associates from 1999 to 2001.

He is best known throughout California and the nation for implementing innovative programs and policies that help students succeed in college. He strongly believes that California’s emerging economies demand a workforce with quality credentials and that the state’s 113 community colleges play a pivotal role in moving California forward. Under his leadership, the Long Beach Community College District has received numerous awards and recognitions for its efforts to improve student completion rates and for directly supporting a strong small business and entrepreneurship eco-system throughout the greater Southern California region.

Chancellor Ortiz Oakley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine. He serves on the boards and committees of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the American Association of Community Colleges, the College Futures Foundation, the California Forward Leadership Council, and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Rotary Club. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1988.

Chancellor Ortiz Oakley was appointed as a Regent in 2014 by Governor Brown to a term ending in 2024 and resigned from the Board on September 23, 2022.

Term of Appointment

November 17, 2014
Term expires:
March 1, 2024
Resigned: September 23, 2022