Message from Robert Miller on behalf of the SBCC Board of Trustees
February 8, 2019
On February 7, Dr. Beebe called a special meeting of the Board of Trustees to inform them of serious health concerns that required his full attention. Dr. Beebe, therefore, informed the Board of Trustees of his decision to retire this summer. The Board expressed unanimous support for Dr. Beebe in leading the College. We have full confidence in him and wanted him to continue as Superintendent/President for several more years. However, we respect the decision he has made and strongly encouraged him to prioritize his health.
On behalf of the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Anthony Beebe for his outstanding service to the College and our community.
When Dr. Beebe came to City College he was immediately faced with exceptionally difficult circumstances due to a projected $9 Million deficit. It is remarkable that he was able to pull the College together to address our financial challenges and help the College emerge with a positive financial outlook in a very short period of time.
Our college and community faced tremendous adversity with the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow tragedies. These back-to-back disasters were incredibly trying on our community, our staff, faculty and students. The College took a role in hosting first responders, opening up our facilities to the American Red Cross, and hosting Montecito Union School. Dr. Beebe’s leadership during these disasters was exemplary.
When the Board considered a new Superintendent/President in 2015 and 2016, Dr. Beebe emerged as the top candidate due to many reasons, including his commitment to strengthening the relationship between the College and the Community. From his first day on the job, he has worked tirelessly to accomplish this goal. Among several initiatives, he spearheaded the expansion of tuition-free Adult Education classes with the establishment of the School of Extended Learning. The School’s expansion was a significant and positive change for our community. The School is thriving and will only continue to grow.
We recognize that the last three years have not always been easy. Our College has faced, and continues to face, very difficult conversations and challenging issues. We have complete confidence that Dr. Beebe is moving the College in the right direction and putting into place positive change.
After an exemplary 31 years of service to the State of California and Community Colleges, we wish Dr. Beebe all the best in his retirement and thank him for his leadership of Santa Barbara City College. Given the timeline necessary for a robust executive recruitment, the Board will appoint an interim Superintendent/President.
President, on behalf of the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees
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