Office of the Chancellor
August 15, 2014
Meet the Chancellor
In November 2013, Dr. Arthur Q. Tyler was named the new permanent chancellor of City College of San Francisco. His experience leading community colleges in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Houston, combined with his expertise in fiscal and accreditation matters make him uniquely qualified to lead the college.
Dr. Tyler from 2007 until 2013 served as Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of the Houston Community College System, which operates six community colleges and serves more than 75,000 students in the greater Houston area. Dr. Tyler was responsible for leading the daily operations of the Houston Community Colleges System, including academic affairs, workforce development, student services and support, facilities and construction and finance and budget. During his tenure, he helped pass a $425 million general obligation bond and managed more than $750 million in construction funds and annexed two communities into the district’s taxing authority.
He also has a decade of experience serving California community colleges. Dr. Tyler served as President of Sacramento City College from 2005 to 2007; was the Special Trustee tasked to oversee the Compton Community College District from 2004 to 2005; and served as Vice President of Administration for Los Angeles City College from 1997 to 2004.
Dr. Tyler has been a leader in Minority Male STEM initiatives, a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Texas-Austin Community College Leadership Program, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences like American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). As a member of select U.S. educational groups, Dr. Tyler has led efforts to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Vietnam to discuss challenges of developing community college systems in those countries. Dr. Tyler continues to publish and teach various subjects including business and doctoral research.
Prior to starting a career in higher education, he had been a President, COO, and CFO for several electronic engineering and manufacturing companies. He served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, and with Joint Military Commands. Before deciding to retire from the military, he served as a Special Agent and the Anti-terrorism Manager for the Air Force and he developed a five-year plan for the first worldwide human resource and asset protection program that became a model for the U.S. Department of Defense. He served as an advisor for two commanders in chief responsible for the U.S. activities in the Middle East. Dr. Tyler earned a U.S. Air Force Airman’s Medal for heroism and valor and the Meritorious Service Award.
Dr. Tyler has earned an AA degree in Business from the Community College of the Air Force, a BS in Business from the University of Maryland, a MA in National Security Affairs vis-à-vis the Middle East (with Distinction) from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School, a Doctorate in Organizational Management and Leadership from the University of Phoenix.