LIVERMORE -- The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District trustees have named Dr. Barry A. Russell as the sixth president of Las Positas College in Livermore.

Russell has signed a contract with the district that extends through June 2016. He will make an annual starting salary of $198,000.

Russell served previously as the vice chancellor of academic affairs in the office of the chancellor of the

California Community Colleges in Sacramento, where he focused on academic planning, support programs and degree and certificate review for the state's 112 community colleges.

Russell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, and received the Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership Program award from his alma mater in 2012.

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