Philip R. Day

For R. Philip Day, British architect, see Barton Road, Cambridge.

Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr. is the former Chancellor of City College of San Francisco. He is also the former president of Daytona Beach Community College, Cape Cod Community College in Massachusetts, and Dundalk Community College in Baltimore, Maryland. He obtained his M. Ed in Counselor Education from SUNY-Buffalo, his B.S. in Psychology at the University of Maine and his Ed.D in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Day is a former member of the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and of the American Council on Education. He also is a member of the National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, which advises Congress on all matters related to vocational/career education.

In December 2007, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) named Dr. Philip R. Day as the Association’s new president and CEO. Day succeeded Dallas Martin who retired after 32 years as NASFAA’s CEO and President.[1]

On July 9, 2009, NASFAA announced that he was taking unpaid leave because he had been indicted for misdirecting public money while at the City College of San Francisco.[2] He resigned on July 23.[3]

Legal issues

On May 6, 2009, "San Francisco District attorney's investigators raided City College of San Francisco on Wednesday, seeking evidence that college officials had illegally spent public money on donations to education-related political campaigns. A copy of a search warrant served on the college shows that investigators are scrutinizing the actions of former Chancellor Philip Day, who left the college last year to work for an education lobbying firm in Washington, D.C." (San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2009, page A-1)[4]

On July 8, 2009, he was indicted on eight felony counts for misappropriating $150,000 and using it for political campaigns. Two current associate vice chancellors were also indicted.[5]

On July 13, 2009, Dr. Day surrendered to jail officials in San Francisco, along with his two alleged accomplices. Dr. Day was booked into County Jail at 3:15pm and immediately posted bail. The surrender times had been arranged by his attorneys.[6]

In September 2011, based upon a pretrial hearing Settlement Agreement between the District Attorney and Dr. Day's attorneys, five of the felony counts were dismissed and Dr. Day pleaded guilty to three felony counts of misusing public funds (a violation of the CA. Education Code) which, per the pretrial agreement, were reduced to misdemeanors. Dr. Day paid a fine of $30,000 and was placed on probation. No restitution was required to be paid to the College.



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Preceded by
James F. Hall
President of Cape Cod Community College
1987 – 1991
Succeeded by
Richard A. Kraus
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