Ricky Shabazz

Ricky Shabazz

San Diego City College has named Ricky Shabazz, a vice president with San Bernardino Valley College, as its new president.

He will succeed Denise Whisenhunt, who has served as interim president since July.

Shabazz’s first day, pending approval later this month by the college’s board of trustees, will be July 11.

At SBVC, Shabazz is vice president of student services. There, he opened one of the state’s first resource centers to support undocumented students’ transitions to college and oversaw the Valley-Bound Commitment Program, a partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians that provides about 250 students free tuition during freshman year.

He previously served as assistant director of admissions at UC Davis, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Native American studies; as associate director of admissions at Harvey Mudd College; and as director of counseling at a charter high school in Los Angeles.

Shabazz also has a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision and a doctorate in educational leadership, both from Cal State San Bernardino.

City College, the first community college in San Diego, opened in 1914. The college, in the East Village, offers 250 majors and certificate programs to more than 17,000 students.