City College trustees look to appoint interim superintendent-president

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees is expected to name Harbor Commissioner Lou Anne Bynum as the system’s interim Superintendent-President at a special meeting Saturday night.

Bynum would replace recently ousted leader Reagan Romali until a permanent hire is made.

Bynum spent more than 20 years at LBCC before retiring, including serving as executive vice president of college advancement and economic development before taking her current position as a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

She first joined LBCC in 1997 and oversaw college advancement, economic development programs and workforce training, among other duties. She was appointed to the Harbor Commission, which oversees the Port of Long Beach, in 2014.

If approved by the board, Bynum’s contract would pay her $20,000 per month, with additional benefits like holiday pay, mileage allowances and health benefits.

While Bynum’s proposed interim contract expires in six months in mid-September, a clause in the contract allows for an extension to be granted if both parties agree. The school has yet to seek a successor to Reagan Romali, who was fired last week by the board in a 4-1 vote.

Romali’s departure came amid dueling claims from members of the board and Romali that each had acted unethically over the past two years, with Romali keeping a ledger of those allegations, of which she said is part of a complaint currently being investigated by law enforcement.

LBCC educates some 25,000 students a year at its liberal arts and Pacific Coast campuses. If Bynum is appointed to the position she would become head of the district immediately.

The meeting is set to take place Saturday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. on the school’s liberal arts campus in East Long Beach.

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.
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