August 21, 1998
by: Daniel Muñoz Sr.
On a four-0 vote, with Rebecca Clark absent, the Trustees of the Grossmont- Community College voted to hire Dr. Omero Suarez Ph.D as their next Chancellor to succeed former Chancellor Dr. Jeanne Atherton. It is expected that Dr. Suarez will take over his new responsibilities during the month of Sept./October 1998.
The selection did not come without some controversy. As reported previously in La Prensa San Diego (July 31, 1988), Dr. Suarez was unquestionably the most qualified candidate of the four finalist. Nevertheless, Trustee Richard Alexander and Rebecca Clark demanded that a new list be made at the last moment because Dr. Sherrill Amador, President of the Cuyamaca campus had not been included as a finalist. This, in spite of the fact that all those involved in the various levels of screening and selection of the top four candidates had rejected Dr. Amateur. One of the finalist, in disgust, asked that his name be removed from consideration. To no one's surprise Dr. Amateur's name now was included as one of the top three remaining candidates.
According to sources within the United Facility Grossmont-Cuyamaca College, allegations had been raised over Dr. Suarez' performance while at Los Angeles City Colleges. As a result, an investigation was made by the recruiting agency that had recruited Dr. Suarez. The allegations turned out to be false. The reports were highly commendable over his tenure as President of the Los Angeles City College.
La Prensa San Diego welcomes Dr. Omero Suarez to our community and wish him success in once again making Grossmont -Cuyamaca College one of California's top community colleges.
Biography - Omero Suarez, Ph.D
Ph.D University of Oklahoma, Administration of Higher Education, Norman OK 1981
M.A. University of Nebraska. Counseling Psychology, Lincoln, NE 1973
B.S. Chadron State College, Spanish, Chadron NE 1969
Administrative & Teaching Experience
City Colleges of Chicago Deputy Chancellor 1998-present
City Colleges of Chicago Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Planning, Research & Student Services 1994-1998
East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Community College District College President
University of New Mexico/Valencia Campus Founding College President 1981-1989
University of Oklahoma Centers For Studies in Higher Education Instructor 1979-1980
Cozad Nebraska High School Spanish Instructor 1969-1972
Cozad Public School Board of Education ABE and ESL instructor 1969-1973
Member, RC 2000 (Members represent the 20 Largest community college districts in the country)
Member, City of Chicago, Cook County Welfare Reform Board
Member, City of Chicago Workforce Board
Member, Illinois Articulation Initiative Academic Leadership Board
Member, American Association of Community Colleges
Board Member and Former President, National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC.) an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges
Former Executive Board Member, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Former Board Member, Overall Economic Development Program for Greater Los Angeles, Ca.
Former Chairperson, Education Committee. Young Ho/Monterey Park Sister City Association, Ca.
Former Chairperson, Monterey Park Community Foundation,Ca.