Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley is among 11 who will be honored as a Champion of Change for College Opportunity at the White House on Friday.
Oakley's work on the Long Beach College Promise and California College Promise will be recognized. He is the only one from the state chosen for the event at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PDT on Sept. 30. It will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
President Barack Obama will honor Oakley after visiting Annandale High School in Virginia to highlight the importance of education and how the American education system should be reformed, according to a release. Obama also will discuss changes on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Champions of Change for College Opportunity were chosen for doing work in their communities to strengthen access to high-quality education, a release said.
Oakley, a California community college product, has been LBCC president for almost a decade and is co-founder of the Long Beach College Promise. He is co-chair of the Education Leadership Committee of the College Promise Campaign. Additionally, he's worked to establish the California College Promise.
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Oakley to the University of California Board of Regents in 2014. He will begin his role as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges in December, a role he was chosen for earlier this year.
Other honorees are: National College Access Network executive director Kim Cook; Bunker Hill Community College president Pam Eddinger; INROADS Inc. chief operating officer Michael T. Holmes; West Potomac High School advancement via individual determination coordinator Dana Hubbard; College Advising Corps chief executive officer Nicole Hurd; SHE Wins Inc. founder/executive director A’Dorian Murray-Thomas; HigherDreams founder/director Jin Park; Franklin & Marshall president Daniel R. Porterfield; The Albany Promise director Juliette Price; and Spelman College president Mary Schmidt Campbell.