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The Yuba Community College District Governing Board acted at a Regular Board meeting on June 10 to appoint an interim chancellor after the departure of Douglas Houston. The Governing Board appointed James Houpis to serve as interim chancellor beginning July 1 through June 30 as the recruitment for a permanent chancellor is conducted through the academic year.
“I am excited about returning to the North State and joining such an outstanding community college district, and developing relationships and working with committed colleagues, faculty, staff, students, and community members toward common goals,” Houpis said. “I am looking forward to returning to the North State and serving the community in reaching their educational goals.”
Houpis received his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and his doctorate in forest science from UC Berkeley, his master’s degree in biology from San Diego State University. From Houpis’ expansive career, most notable was his position as an environmental scientist and project leader in the Health and Ecological Sciences Division for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory conducting and publishing research in the areas of climate change and air pollution. Houpis also served as the Dean of Natural Science at CSU Chico from 2001 to 2010 where he launched the Gateway Science Museum, initiated reform in general education science courses and doubled the number of science majors.
Houpis has been a strong advocate of sustainability, social justice and diversity, and their connections. Dedicated to serving and advancing the needs of students from underrepresented communities, Houpis has received several awards for his continued efforts on behalf of Latino students and service to students through modeling shared governance.
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