San Diego Community College Chancellor Carlos Cortez Resigns

In a heartfelt statement Monday, San Diego Community College District Chancellor Carlos Cortez announced his resignation after less than two years on the job. Cortez is headed out of state to care for his parents following his mother’s emergency triple-bypass open-heart surgery.

“My family means the world to me,” he posted on LinkedIn. “I have been in California for over two decades. I have been a source of financial but not emotional support for my parents and larger family. Both she and my father have to have four surgeries over the next two months.”

"I truly love this district and my job,” he said. “Over the past two years, we turned a $35 million structural deficit into a $16 million surplus, reestablishing critical reserves; we restored most pre-pandemic enrollment and are on course to move out of the state’s Hold Harmless designation; and we have collectively worked with intentionality to serve our students by reopening our vibrant, equity-minded campuses.”

Cortez replaced longtime chancellor Constance Carroll in July 2021. Vice Chancellor Greg Smith is now serving in an acting role while the district searches for Cortez's successor.

Read more at the Times of San Diego.