On February 1, 1990, Dr. Tom K. Harris, Jr. officially became the Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). Prior to accepting the Fullerton College position, Harris had served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Long Beach City College where he worked as an instructor, counselor, and dean, and as Superintendent/President of the Merced Community College District. He made a concerted effort to re-establish credibility for the position of chancellor and worked toward developing and implementing a long-range plan for the District. In 1994, he received a 12.4 percent salary increase to $121,125, which was protested by the faculty and staff, who had received 2 and .5 percent increases respectively. Harris accepted a golden handshake and retired June 30, 1999 after nine years as Chancellor. Until Harris could be replaced, Joe Newmyer, who had taught math at Fullerton College from 1964 to 1976, returned after retirement to serve again as interim Chancellor.