ARC appoints interim president, Frank Kobayashi

A search will continue for permanent replacement for president


American River College’s new interim president is Frank Kobayashi, replacing Melanie Dixon who resigned at the end of the semester. The work to find a permanent replacement will begin in the Spring 2023. (Photo courtesy of ARC website)

On Dec. 13, Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King sent an email to the American River College faculty and staff announcing that Frank Kobayashi had been selected as the college’s new interim president. 

Kobayashi’s position prior to interim president for ARC was as vice president of instruction. Though he started working for ARC in June 2013 as the Natomas Center Dean. 

ARC created a page detailing Kobayashi’s time at the college and biography. To learn more about our interim president you can visit the site.

On Nov. 3, ARC president Melanie Dixon announced in an email that she is resigning after the fall 2022 semester.  

According to the email, Kobayashi is not seeking the permanent position as president. This will allow Kobayashi to support the transition that ARC is experiencing with the presidency. 

The LRCCD will begin a national search for president in the spring of 2023. 

Kobayashi sent an email to faculty and staff reflecting the struggles that ARC experienced during the pandemic of making the transfer from being on campus, to going online, then back to campus. He recognized the hard work done by everyone to support the students through that time.

“We are an institution of first choice, second chance, opportunity and hope for our students,” Kobayashi said.Thank you for helping our students realize that they are brilliant and American River College is the place for them.”