TORRANCE — Rafael L. Cortada has formally submitted his resignation as president of El Camino College after concluding an agreement to head the University of the District of Columbia. El Camino's trustees are expected to accept the resignation Monday and release Cortada from his contract, which has three years to run.
Cortada, 52, will remain at his post here until at least the end of the spring semester, El Camino officials said. He will assume the new position next fall. His resignation is effective Aug. 21.
The El Camino board also will decide Monday whether to hire an executive search firm to conduct a nationwide survey for a new president, the route used to pick Cortada in 1982. He had been president of Community College of Baltimore for five years.
Cortada, who is credited with innovations at El Camino, particularly in high-tech education, disclosed in November that he had been offered the job at the four-year, 11,000-student university in Washington.