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President of the Year: California Chancellor

by Autumn A. Arnett

Coming out of high school, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley “was like many of the young men and women that we serve in our colleges — I really didn’t know what to do. I was a pretty good student, and I was recruited to play football … but even though I had gone out and made a commitment to Pitzer College and paid my enrollment fees, I never wound up going on the first day of class, because like many students,” Oakley said he didn’t know how to navigate the process — or pay for his education.

So instead of college, Oakley turned to the U.S. Army. By the time he finally enrolled in college, he was a husband and a father, and part-time enrollment around his work schedule seemed the only feasible option.

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