Contra Costa County, California – Reece resigned as chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District on Wednesday, ending a turbulent term for the top official of the district. Reece took over the job in November 2020, but things haven’t always been smooth for him.
Board President Judy Walters issued a statement saying, “The governing board and Dr. Reece have mutually decided to part ways. We thank Dr. Reece for his service to the district and wish him well as he relocates to Southern California to spend more time with his family.”
Reece was placed on paid administrative leave twice by the board, first in September (from which he returned the following month) and again earlier this month – both times for what the district said were personnel reasons.
In a unanimous vote, the board authorized a contract with interim chancellor Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, who previously served as vice chancellor for education and technology. Mehdizadeh will hold the position until June 30, 2024. Her basic wage is $357,714 per year.
A statement from the district said that Mojdeh has more than 30 years of experience in the district, mostly in executive leadership roles. “The governing board is confident Mojdeh provides the steady and stable leadership needed to help advance the district’s mission and vision.”