- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County Community College District’s longtime chancellor is retiring to take on a new role as CEO of a nonprofit, district officials said Thursday.

Chancellor Rufus Glasper, who has held the position for 13 years, told the district’s governing board earlier this week that he would be stepping down. Glasper will be the president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

“This decision was not an easy one,” Glasper said in a memo to Maricopa employees.

Based in Chandler, the League is an international nonprofit focusing on policy work for community colleges. Roughly 800 colleges are members. Glasper is already a member of the League board.

The college district that serves the Phoenix area has not set a date for when a successor will take over.

Among the issues the community college district has dealt with during Glasper’s tenure was granting in-state tuition for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Former Attorney General Tom Horne sued Maricopa County Community College District in 2013, arguing so-called DREAMers are ineligible for the lower rate because of a 2006 voter-enacted law known as Proposition 300.

At the time, Glasper said enrollment dropped by more than 10,000 students when the law went into effect. The district reverted to in-state tuition rates shortly after President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program in 2012.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in May that the district could offer the lower tuition rate. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is appealing the ruling.

The college district was also embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over a computer security breach discovered in April 2013. The suit alleged the district was negligent by not the personal information of more than 2.4 million people.

In a statement Thursday, Glasper said a settlement had been reached and approved by the district board. Under the settlement, those who believe they were affected will be eligible for one free year of credit monitoring.

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