Irvine Valley College President Daniel L. Larios resigned Tuesday to accept the top post at Fresno City College.
Larios served as the college’s president for more than two years, developing a campus computer network, creating a five-year strategic plan and dedicating the Hart Gymnasium.
The resignation is effective March 31. Officials haven’t named an acting president or determined when they will select a permanent replacement, said spokesman George McCrory.
Larios grew up in Fresno and earned a bachelor’s degree at Cal State Fresno.
“This is a very special day for me and my family,” Larios said in a statement related by Fresno City College. “Not only do I get to come back to my hometown . . . but I get to lead a great community college.”
Larios said he will miss the “small-campus atmosphere at IVC and the family of faculty, staff and administrators who work hard to put students first.”
The 49-year-old Mission Viejo resident was appointed president of Irvine Valley College in 1994. Before that, he served as dean at Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon and at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.