SBCCD Chancellor to step down

By on December 27, 2019

Bruce Baron, chancellor of San Bernardino Community College District for the last nine years, announced a retirement date of Dec. 31, 2019. Jose Torres, executive vice chancellor and the chief financial officer will serve the district on an interim basis as college trustees launch a national search for a successor, according to a news release.

Baron, 64, was appointed chancellor in 2011 after being interim chancellor the previous 16 months. Baron’s accomplishments during his time with the San Bernardino Community College District include: bringing the Free College Promise to 1000 students enabling two years of free tuition at San Bernardino Valley College or Crafton Hills College, free textbooks, $300 cash for college expenses, free access to a laptop for coursework, individualized advising and priority course enrollment, securing support and funding for Measure CC, a $470 million bond measure to fund state‐of‐the‐art classrooms and labs that help students receive the education and become skilled workers and entrepreneurs.

Under his leadership, both Crafton and San Bernardino Valley College have earned awards for job training programs, while improving the Districts credit rating over the past two years he has also helped make the District more financially sound.