Heather Hiles suddenly resigned this week after less than one year on the job.
The name Calbright was chosen to provide "a sense of aspiration and place" for the school that combines online and workplace learning.
Since the new school is not only online, its name is changing. "Calbright College" seeks to evoke California and a better future.
Faculty complain they have been ignored in important changes at the 115 colleges. Community college leaders say change can be challenging.
Very different from traditional community colleges, it targets 8 million underemployed Californians and aims to be tuition-free.