LODI — San Joaquin Delta College President and Superintendent Raul Rodriguez has been named one of four finalists for the district chancellor position at Chabot-Las Positas Community College.
Chabot-Las Positas posted the news on its Web site Friday. A spokeswoman confirmed Rodriguez is a finalist.
Rodriguez could not be reached for comment Monday. He joined Delta College on Aug. 1, 2002.
Delta College Trustee Ted Simas said he was not surprised Rodriguez has begun to look elsewhere for employment, considering the “negative” news surrounding the college’s handling of the $250 million Measure L bond.
“I know that he’s been under a lot of pressure,” Simas said, adding that he has no animosity toward Rodriguez for his decision to look for a new job.
Simas, who has been outspoken about cost overruns for Measure L projects, said some of his fellow trustees have pressured Rodriguez during the past six or eight months about how the bond should be managed.
None of the other six Delta College trustees could be reached for comment Monday.
The chancellor position would be a step up for Rodriguez because he would oversee a district with two fully established campuses: Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore.
Together, the schools serve 22,000 students, said Jennifer Aries, a district spokeswoman.
Chabot-Las Positas’ current chancellor, Susan Cota, is set to retire at the end of June. The district will have two candidate forums in early May, and its board of trustees is expected to select a chancellor May 15, Aries said.
The new chancellor would not take over until July 1.
The other three finalists for the chancellor position include Jesus Carreon, Joel Kinnamon and Frances White.
Carreon most recently served as the interim president of San Jose City College. Kinnamon is Chabot-Las Positas’ vice chancellor for educational services and planning. And White is the superintendent/president of the College of Marin in the Marin Community College District.