We are pleased to see that a new president has been chosen for Las Positas College. Dyrell Foster, an experienced Southern California community college administrator whose roots are in Northern California, will begin work in February. He was chosen after a highly competitive nationwide search, according to a statement from the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District.

Foster will take over from interim president Roanna Bennie, who since 2017 has done an excellent job of leading the institution. Las Positas today is an essential part of our community, serving nearly 8,500 students, while offering cultural and economic enrichment to the region.

LasPo, as it is known, began modestly more than half a century ago as a Livermore extension of Chabot College in Hayward. None other than Tom Hanks, Chabot’s most famous alumnus and one of the most admired male actors of our times, argues for the role of community colleges in advancing the lives and careers of students of all adult ages. Education can help them reach their full potential. We wish Dyrell Foster the best of success as he leads LasPo into the future and helps our community reach its full potential.