Bakersfield College president resigning

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Bakersfield College will need a new president come June 30.

Dr. Greg Chamberlain is resigning his presidential post and returning to the classroom, according to the college. He'll teach computer studies.

Kern Community College District Chancellor Sandra Serrano and the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees accepted Chamberlain's resignation Thursday.

"Dr. Chamberlain has brought, and continues to bring, leadership and guidance to Bakersfield College," said John Corkins, board of trustees president, in a news release. "Students, fortunate enough to find themselves in Dr. Chamberlain's class at Bakersfield College, will experience first-hand the passion and perseverance with which he approaches his teaching."

Chamberlain has been president since 2008. He's been an educator for 27 years, including 13 years teaching at BC.

"As president, I am proud of what we have accomplished here, and while there is more to be done, now is the time for me, personally and professionally, to transition back to the classroom," said Chamberlain in the news release. "It was teaching that drew me to community colleges, and I am looking forward to more engagement with students."

The college said a national search will be undertaken to hire the next BC president. Serrano and Chamberlain have begun working on a transition plan, which includes an interim president.