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Long Beach City College President Fired, Employees Wonder Why

Former Long Beach City College superintendent-president Reagan Romali delivering the 2018 State of the College Address (Long Beach City College)
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An email sent last week to Long Beach City College District employees is doing little to answer questions about why the college’s board of trustees fired Superintendent-President Reagan Romali.

Adjunct political science professor Mike Bressler read the email but was left wondering why the board wanted her out.

“It seemed to me because she was applying to different positions, but I'm just not clear,” he said.

The move was unexpected. “I was kind of surprised, yeah,” he said.

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Trustees voted on Wednesday in closed session to fire Romali. She'll get one month’s paid leave first. The email from board president Vivian Malauulu wished Romali well but didn’t give a reason for the firing.

Romali could not be reached for comment.

In the last year, Romali had been a finalist for community college president jobs in Miami, Albany (Oregon) and Minneapolis (she's still in the running in Minneapolis).

No interim Long Beach City College president has been announced. The board said it would say more at its March 25 meeting.

Read the email to employees from LBCCD board president Vivian Malauulu: