Gabel Named Acting Superintendent-President for LBCC
Ann-Marie Gabel, Long Beach City College’s Vice President of Administrative Services, will become acting Superintendent-President while a search for a permanent successor to Eloy Ortiz Oakley is underway, the Board of Trustees has decided.
Gabel will step into the role December 19, following Oakley’s December 18 departure to become Chancellor of the California Community College system. The search for a permanent successor is underway, and Trustees expect to name a new President by March. The Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Gabel into the acting position. She will not be a candidate for the permanent position.
“I’d like to thank the Board for having the faith and confidence in me to serve as acting Superintendent-President,” Gabel said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the College in this capacity.”
Gabel, a Certified Public Accountant, has served as the Vice President of Administrative Services since joining LBCC in 2007. Her areas of oversight include all budget, fiscal, purchasing and accounting offices, facilities construction and maintenance, emergency management, and technology. She serves on several local boards that provide fiscal oversight and statewide organizations that support community colleges. Gabel was recently presented with the Walter Star-Robie award from the Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO), given annually to business administration professionals in the California community college system for outstanding achievements and service to their respective districts and the state.
Also at Tuesday’s Board meeting, Trustees approved appointments to a 22-member presidential search committee that will oversee the selection process. The committee includes faculty, staff, student and community representatives. The full list of appointments is available here.
The College is soliciting input from internal and external stakeholders on characteristics they would like to see in the next LBCC president through focus groups and a short survey. Community members are invited to take the survey at this link.