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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1997
Ulis Williams, a Compton High School track star and 1964 Olympic gold medalist, has been appointed the new president and superintendent of Compton Community College, officials said Wednesday. Williams, 55, who has been interim president for 10 months, was officially elevated to the top position Tuesday, capping a 26-year career at the college that began as assistant track coach. "It took a great deal of sacrifices and training to win the gold medal," Williams said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1995
CHANGING FACES: For the first time, students returning to Compton Community College this fall will be represented by a Latina. Maria Lopez, who moved to Lynwood 17 years ago from Mexicali, Mexico, was elected student body president during the spring semester. She is the first woman of Latin American descent to serve as student body president at the largely African American school, founded in 1927. Lopez's election coincides with the changing demographics of the 5,000-student campus.
NEWS
February 2, 1995 | JILL GOTTESMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Compton Community College, which was in danger of losing its accreditation last year because of loose fiscal controls and a shaky administration, has been given the green light by a state accrediting agency. Officials from the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges notified college officials this week that the school has been removed from probation and that its accreditation will be renewed later this year.
NEWS
September 1, 1994 | JOHN D. WAGNER
Compton Community College is tightening its spending practices in an effort to end its probationary status, President Byron R. Skinner said in a report to state officials. Skinner said the college is eliminating two widespread practices that drew criticism: hiring new employees and putting them on the payroll before trustees approved, and officials bypassing the purchasing office to buy supplies. State officials said such practices contributed to a $350,000 deficit last year at the college.
NEWS
August 25, 1994 | JOHN D. WAGNER
A former Compton Community College president has accepted a $125,000 offer from school officials to settle his lawsuit, which claimed he was fired improperly. Warren A. Washington, 44, also agreed to resign from a counseling position he has held since trustees ousted him as president. Washington could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
April 28, 1994 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brawling in the schools. Gangs fighting over turf in Compton. Unemployed workers complaining that jobs are going to members of another race. The signs of racial tension between blacks and Latinos are everywhere these days, Royce Esters says. And he is nervous. "If we don't do something now, it's going to be a very hot summer," said Esters, president of the Compton branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.
NEWS
April 7, 1994
On Feb. 1, 1994, Dr. J. Jerome Harris, the new state-appointed administrator for the Compton Unified School District came aboard. I think we owe it to our children to give Dr. Harris an opportunity to implement a system to complete the efforts already begun to revive the Compton Unified School District. The school district is on a long but optimistic road to recovery. Although it has been only months since the state intervened to save the district from financial and academic ruin, there have been significant improvements.
NEWS
November 25, 1993 | Jill Gottesman, Times Staff Writer
* Byron Skinner took over Nov. 1 as president of Compton Community College. * Shake-up at the top: Skinner replaces ex-president Warren A. Washington, who was fired after a tumultuous tenure during which auditors found that $500,000 in federal funds had been misspent at the college. State education officials found in June that the school lacked proper fiscal controls, jeopardizing its accreditation status.
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