Lou Anne Bynum

Lou Anne Bynum

The Long Beach Community College District is set to have another interim leader later this month.

The district announced Monday, March 1, that — pending approval at a special board meeting on Tuesday, March 2 — LBCC Vice President of Student Services Mike Muñoz will serve as the district’s new Interim Superintendent-President starting March 14.

The news came as the district’s Board of Trustees and current Interim Superintendent-President Lou Anne Bynum “could not come to a mutual agreement regarding the extension of her current contract,” which ends March 13, according to a statement from the district.

Bynum did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The Board is grateful for Interim Superintendent-President Bynum for coming out of retirement to take the huge task of returning to LBCC during a time of transition,” LBCCD Board of Trustees President Uduak-Joe Ntuk said in a statement. “We are thankful for her hard work, dedication, service and care for the past year when LBCC dealt with unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic.”

The board also decided to suspend the current search for a permanent superintendent-president until next year “to ensure the District has ample time to conduct a search for a final candidate,” LBCC’s statement said.

The Long Beach Community College District has been without a permanent leader for the last year, after the board voted to fire Superintendent-President Reagan Romali, who took the job in 2017, in March 2020. Bynum was chosen as Romali’s short-term successor shortly thereafter.

And now it appears Muñoz will take the helm, while LBCC’s Dean of Counseling and Student Support Services Nohel Corral will fill in as the Interim Vice President of Student Services.

“The Board is confident that Dr. Muñoz will be able to continue the forward momentum that he started in Student Services,” Ntuk said, “and that his ability to get things done will greatly impact all areas of Long Beach City College.”

Muñoz’s proposed contract would start March 14 and end June 30, 2022, with $270,000 in annual salary, including health and welfare benefits, and life insurance. Corral’s proposed contract would last for the same amount of time and would entitle him to $203,716 in annual compensation.

The special meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday. To watch, visit YouTube.com/LongBeachCityCollege.

To leave public comment for the meeting, either call 562-938-4700 and record your statement or email boardcomments@LBCC.edu with your first and last name and the agenda item number you would like to comment on within the subject title. Emails and voicemails must be received by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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