Abrupt departure comes less than one year into a four-year contract that paid her a salary of $385,000
Heather Hiles resigned Monday as president of Calbright College, California’s newest online community college, after less than one year on the job.
The online community college’s board of trustees unanimously voted to accept her resignation, effective March 31. According to a statement from Board President Tom Epstein, an interim chief executive officer will be selected until a permanent replacement can be hired.
Hiles made the decision to step down, said Taylor Huckaby, the college’s communication director.
Huckaby said there is a separation agreement but said it is not public.
When she was hired last February to lead the state’s new 115th community college, she was given a four-year contract with a base salary of $385,000 plus ongoing living adjustments in years two, three and four, at the time. Her contract also included yearly performance bonuses up to $10,000 in the first year that could have increased to as much as $40,000 in the fourth year. It also included a $10,000 annual vehicle allowance.