The board of trustees of the Riverside Community College District in California, has named Wolde-Ab Isaac as the fourth chancellor of the fifth largest community college district in the state.
In accepting the appointment, Dr. Isaac stated “it is with extraordinary sense of humility and honor that I accept this appointment to serve as the fourth chancellor of the Riverside Community College District, a great and mature institution anchored in a rich history and tradition of pride and excellence. I pledge to do all I can to have RCCD be recognized as a leader, champion for student success and student equity, and thereby redeem the trust and faith bestowed on me.”
Riverside Community College was founded in 1916. It enrolls nearly 20,000 students. African Americans are 8 percent of the student body. Norco College (10,000 students, 6 percent Black) and Moreno Valley College (9,000 students, 12 percent Black) are newer members of the community college district.
Since 2015, Dr. Isaac has served as president of Riverside City College. He joined the staff there in 2012 as vice president for academic affairs. From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Isaac was dean of health science at Moreno Valley College.
Dr. Isaac is a native of Eritrea in East Africa. He is a graduate of Haile Selassie University in Ethiopia, where he majored in chemistry. After studying at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, Dr. Isaac earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Michigan.