Chancellor Bradley Davis to stay at West Valley-Mission after declining offer from San Mateo County Community College District
For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Saratoga – West Valley-Mission chancellor Brad Davis announced at the January 17, 2023 board meeting that he had declined an offer from the San Mateo County Community College District to assume their chancellorship later this summer and will remain at West Valley-Mission.
Davis, who resides in Foster City, has four years remaining on his contract with West Valley-Mission, but had been courted by SMCCCD to join the district in his hometown.
“I realized that SMCCCD may be near my residence, but that West Valley-Mission is my home. Having closely examined this opportunity, I quickly discovered that the best fit for my leadership was to remain in my current role. I am so fortunate to work with such a thoughtful, committed Board of Trustees and look forward to pressing forward on so many promising new initiatives.”
These initiatives include legislation to provide all district residents with free community college and the potential for on campus housing.
West Valley-Mission Community College District adopted a resolution on November 14, 2022, to use local funds to waive tuition and enrollment fees for its students. In addition, the board also took the monumental step to waive the costs for students related to parking, health fees and childcare effective January 1, 2023.
Chancellor Davis is currently working closely with local lawmakers on authoring, introducing and championing legislation that would allow the District to use unrestricted general funds to provide fee waivers to students residing within its boundaries.
“The adoption of this resolution marks an inflection point in the history of our District enabling students to shed financial burdens that often force them to choose between their education and the responsibilities of food, housing, transportation and the myriad of financial challenges they face,” said Davis.
The District is also investigating the feasibility of developing on-campus housing. The primary objective of such housing would be to minimize the hardships many students in our community face when trying to find high-quality, affordable places to live while in school.
“As you know, our community is desirable yet often prohibitively expensive. Many of our students cannot afford to live close to their respective college and spend a disproportionate amount of time and money commuting, reducing the time they can commit to their education,” said Davis.
Press Contact: E. Manny Cappello