Acting Chancellor Erik Skinner
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Deputy Chancellor Erik Skinner as acting chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning April 2, 2016 while a search for a permanent chancellor continues.
Erik Skinner was promoted in 2013 to serve as Deputy Chancellor in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. In this role, he oversees and coordinates the efforts of the following divisions: Academic Affairs; Student Services and Special Programs; Economic Development and Workforce Preparation; and College Finance and Facilities Planning. Skinner assists in the implementation of system wide initiatives, including the Board of Governor’s student success agenda. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the SB 1440 Implementation and Oversight Committee, working to strengthen and streamline transfer pathways between the California Community Colleges and the California State University. He served as Executive Vice Chancellor for Programs from 2010 until early 2013.
Skinner joined the Chancellor’s Office in 2007, when he was appointed Vice Chancellor for College Finance and Facilities Planning. In that position, he represented the community college system in the state budget process. In addition, Skinner oversaw the system’s budget and accounting processes; apportionment of state and federal resources to local community college districts; and assistance to community college districts for fiscal and business operations.
Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Skinner served as Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy in the Office of the Secretary for Education. In that role, he advised the Secretary of Education and the Governor on matters related to K-12 and higher education policy, the state budget, and school finance. Skinner began his work in state service in the Office of the Legislative Analyst, where he specialized in school finance, Proposition 98, and higher education policy. Before working in education finance and state government, Skinner worked as a job developer and employment counselor in welfare-to-work programs in Los Angeles County.
Deputy Chancellor Skinner received a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.