Richardson, who has served as interim president since July, has 20 years experience as an instructor and administrator in the Peralta Community College District.
The community college’s new president will be tasked with increasing enrollment and dealing with budget cuts from the state.
Students say a proposed 306-bed dorm in Alameda is not enough. The district oversees four community colleges, including Berkeley City College.
College officials said the program increased enrollment and cost BCC far less than expected. All Peralta community colleges will again be free next fall.
Supporters say a systemwide guarantee would streamline applications for community college students, but some worry they’d no longer be guaranteed to get into their preferred school.
The change gives youth ages 16 to 25 a voice in local legislative process on environmental and climate issues.
The college is extending its free tuition program for in-state students another semester and eliminating the minimum credits requirement.
Students must live in California and enroll in at least three units to be eligible for free tuition.
Berkeley’s community college has managed to retain students at relatively steady levels throughout the pandemic.
“The collective knees on so many necks have finally given way,” Councilmember Ben Bartlett said during the meeting, recounting his childhood with Black Panthers, and the Rodney King riots.
Garcia comes from Skyline College in San Bruno, and takes up the leadership role during a rocky time for the Peralta district.
Online reports that an ICE agent was seeking student information had people concerned Monday.