American River College chooses new president

American River College has a new president.

Thomas Greene, 47, currently vice president of academic affairs at Lake Tahoe Community College, was appointed this week to head American River College by the board of the Los Rios Community College District. He is expected to start in August.

“I wasn’t necessarily looking to leave Lake Tahoe or the mountains, but when I learned about the opportunity at ARC, I considered relocating,” Greene said.

With more than 31,000 students, American River College is the largest of the four schools in the Los Rios district and has an annual operating budget of $89 million.

Greene brings a breadth of experience, having worked at several community colleges across the nation from Florida to Minnesota. He began his career as a counselor in Illinois during the mid-1990s. From there, he branched out and began teaching as an adjunct professor in courses that included diversity and student success.

Greene previously served as a Sacramento City College administrator from 2008-2010. As president of ARC, he will be paid $169,340 annually during his initial two-year contract.