Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

Dr. Charles W. Wilson was replaced by Dr. Leadie M. Clark on August 1, 1977. She was selected from over 100 applicants. Dr. Clark, the first African American woman to serve as chancellor of a community college district in California, was introduced to campus faculty and staff at a lunch hour reception. In this photo, Iris L. Simmons, President of the Faculty Association, presents Dr. Clark with a corsage. Derk N. Gysberg, President of the Faculty Senate, is on the left. Clark, a native of Illinois, started her career in 1945 as an English teacher in Atlanta. She later served as President of Los Angeles Southwest College from 1970 to 1972; Assistant Superintendent of Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento from 1972 to 1976; and President of Penn Valley College in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1976 to 1977. In July 1985, fourteen months before it expired, the NOCCCD Board did not renew Dr. Clark’s contract, and she filed a $5 million dollar lawsuit alleging racial, sexual, and age discrimination. The Board members responded by placing Dr. Clark on paid administrative leave. She eventually accepted an out-of-court settlement for $125,000 in 1987.
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