Chris Johnson talks about his work at CCAC, which began in 1977. He discusses the disarray of CCAC in the late 70s and the many changes spearheaded by President Neil Hoffman and members of the Board of Trustees. He talks about becoming Chair of the Photo Department in 1981 and his work to get the faculty to support change at CCAC the early 80s. He discusses creating the Faculty Senate and his many projects as its first President: revising faculty governance, writing the Faculty Handbook and implementing much needed procedures for assessing and evaluating the faculty. Chris touches on the state of CCAC in 2014, the balance between the Fine Arts and the Professional Arts and the challenges and opportunities that consolidating CCAC, at one, location might bring.
Rod Lorimer talks about his eleven year tenure, 1983-1994, as a member of the Board of Trustees at CCAC. He discusses the financial difficulties in the early 80s, active trustees, the transition from President Harry Ford to President Neil Hoffman, the search for a site for the San Francisco campus, and the purchase of Cogswell College's architecture program for $1.
Sue Ciriclio talks about her many years of involvement with CCAC: as a student in the early 70s, returning to teach in 1977, her time as Vice President of Academic Affairs and as Chair of the Photography Program. She discusses changes at CCAC and CCA, including: changes in the campus, student body, faculty and in particular the Photography Program through the 70s, the WASC accreditation crisis and the transitions that happened under Neil Hoffman to get CCAC off probation, buying the Greyhound building and the move to San Francisco. She considers the current state of CCA, in 2014, and reveals how she would like to be remembered.
Ken Davids talks about his contributions to the major transition at CCAC in the early and mid 80s. He identifies the problems that CCAC faced in the late 70s: budget and enrollment crises, accreditation issues, and discusses the changes he played a part in that allowed the institution to thrive again. These include: starting the Extension Program, implementing increased marketing, introducing the Core Program, and working on budget and salary cuts in a year long retrenchment that by 1984 had turned the college around. He discusses the end of Harry Ford’s presidency and working with succeeding presidents Toby Schwartzburg and Neil Hoffman and about how he views the college today, in 2014.
CCAC President Neil Hoffman at his September 1993 going away party, on the Oakland campus in front of a mural on Martinez Hall depicting Xavier Martinez