Board of Trustees President Alan Wong Statement on: Chancellor David Martin’s Decision Not to Seek Contract Extension

September 21, 2023 (San Francisco) – 


BACKGROUND: City College of San Francisco Chancellor David Martin today shared with the City College community that he would not seek an extension of his current contract as Chancellor, which concludes on June 30, 2024. His contract was approved on September 23, 2021 and began on November 1, 2021.


“I have chosen not to seek an extension of my current contract, serving as Chancellor, which concludes on June 30, 2024. My intention in sharing this with you now is to ensure the college and Board have ample time to plan and prepare accordingly,” Martin wrote in an email update to the college community. “Returning to CCSF has been an honor and I am extremely grateful to have been just a small part of this community. Thank you for everything.”


Prior to coming to City College, Chancellor Martin served as the Monterey Community College District Superintendent / President. He also served as the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration (Interim) at City College from 2015 to 2017


STATEMENT FROM BOARD PRESIDENT ALAN WONG: Chancellor Martin provided our college with leadership when the college was faced with a rough patch and helped provide steady leadership to the college when we needed it most. I understand that he is exploring new opportunities and I wish him the best. I am thankful to work with him for two years.


During our time working together, the college was able to strengthen our financial controls and achieve financial solvency. This year, for the first time since 1997, City College had no negative findings in our three independent financial audits for the district budget, parcel tax, and bond dollars. This clean opinion over our finances and compliance over major local, state, and federal programs is a testament to the work he and the board did to strengthen fiscal oversight.


Chancellor Martin was also instrumental in providing input to a new budget policy I proposed last year. I was proud to work with Chancellor Martin on passing a new budget policy requiring an annual three-to-five year budget plan for the college to ensure fiscal sustainability, mandatory monthly budget updates to the Board, and the achievement of a balanced budget. He helped me and the Board achieve strong financial controls and oversight for the college.


I will ensure that we have a thorough community engagement process as we begin looking for a new Chancellor. The new Chancellor will need to be able to help the college continue our path to fiscal sustainability and offer high demand classes that lead towards good jobs and four year degrees. Whoever starts next year will have enormous shoes to fill.