David Pelham, Cuesta president, will resign for job at Abu Dhabi college

Cuesta College President David Pelham has resigned from his role to lead another college in Abu Dhabi, a city in the United Arab Emirates along the Persian Gulf.

Pelham, Cuesta's fifth president since 1964, announced his departure in an e-mail to the community college's e-mail users on Monday evening. His last day will be in the end of December, he said in the note to students, faculty and staff. He notified board president Pat Mullen on Sunday.

Pelham had led Cuesta, located in San Luis Obispo, since March 2008. This year he had to deal with a wave of budget cuts. He had recently renewed a three-year contract with the college, but that will now be nullified, officials said.

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