Longtime Long Beach City College administrator Ann-Marie Gabel will take over the school’s top job while board members look for a permanent successor to outgoing superintendent-president Eloy Ortiz Oakley.
Gabel is scheduled to assume her additional duties on Dec. 19, following Oakley’s move to the chancellorship of California Community Colleges. Oakley, who has earned national recognition for his contributions to the Long Beach College Promise program, will be the top executive for the United State’s largest community college system after taking on his new role.
Gabel serves as the Long Beach Community College vice president of administrative services. Long Beach Community College District board members voted unanimously to appoint her to the interim presidency, but she is not a candidate to be Oakley’s successor.
As vice president of administrative services, Gabel has overseen fiscal affairs, issues related to college facilities, emergency services and technology matters for the community college district. She has held her job since 2007 and is a certified public accountant.
Board members may hire a full-time president by March, according to the district. On Tuesday, they appointed 22 people to a presidential search committee.
That panel includes faculty, students, college employees and the broader community.