Marshall Drummond has taken an extended leave from his position as chancellor of the city's nine-campus community college district, officials announced Thursday.
Deputy Chancellor Adriana Barrera will serve as acting chancellor during Drummond's absence.
Officials declined to give a reason for the leave, saying they wanted to respect the chancellor's privacy.
Drummond, 67, who is also known as Mark, has been a fixture on the community college scene for a decade.
He served as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District from 1999 to 2004 before heading the state's 110 two-year colleges.
Reportedly frustrated by Sacramento politics and his lack of authority over the locally governed community college system, he quit the state post in 2007 and returned to the Los Angeles district.
Drummond was president of Eastern Washington University before his first Los Angeles term and worked in the computer and technology field.
Barrera, 58, was appointed deputy chancellor of the Los Angeles district in September 2005.
Previously, she was president for five years of Los Angeles Mission College in the San Fernando Valley.
-- Gale Holland