FRESNO — State Center Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, announced on January 5, 2022, the appointment of Dr. Marlon Hall to serve as interim president of Fresno City College. The appointment is subject to final approval of the appointment and approval of the employment contract, which will be voted on at the January 11, 2022, Board of Trustees meeting. “Dr. Marlon Hall is a Fresno resident with college president experience that will serve the college, its students and staff well during this transitionary time. His dedication to students is well known and his experience as a president will ensure that Fresno City College continues its upward trajectory,” Goldsmith said.
Dr. Marlon Hall is the retired Superintendent/President of Lassen College and will replace Dr. Carole Goldsmith, who was appointed as State Center Community College District Chancellor at the December 14, 2021, board meeting.
Before serving as interim president at Fresno City College, Dr. Hall spent seven and a half years at Lassen Community College, in Susanville, California. While at Lassen, Dr. Hall heightened the awareness of the challenges facing small and rural community colleges, at both the national and state levels. He worked tirelessly to advocate for funding and for system-wide reform. Dr. Hall is also a strong advocate for students and their successes.
“As one door closed with retirement, another opened at FCC, with this new opportunity I will emphasize that we leave no stone unturned in regard to our students reaching their educational and career goals,” Dr. Hall said.
Dr. Hall was born in Chicago, Illinois, and spent his first eighteen years of his life there. Upon graduation from high school in 1976, he migrated to California to pursue his academic and athletic goals. In California, Dr. Hall attended West Hills College Coalinga, West Coast Christian College, California State University-Fresno, Fresno Pacific University, and the Fielding Graduate University. He has earned six college degrees. During his time as a college student, Dr. Hall earned letters in track at West Hills College Coalinga and basketball from West Coast Christian College.
As an educator, Dr. Hall has both K12 and community college experience. While at Fresno Unified School
District, he served in a variety of roles: middle school teacher, high school English teacher, varsity basketball coach, adult school teacher and acting Vice-Principal. While at West Hills College, he served as a community college faculty member, Academic Senate President, college basketball coach, instructional dean and Vice President of Student Services.
He is the husband of Mary Hebert-Hall and father of the late Marlon Hall, Jr.
State Center Community College District has begun to conduct a national search for a permanent president for Fresno City College.