Berkeley, CA, July 31—Lilia Celhay has been named division dean at Berkeley City College, Dr. Deborah Budd announced. She will be responsible for several college departments, including American Sign Language, distance education, modern languages, business, computer information systems, mathematics, multimedia arts, public and human services, the college library, and special projects.
“As someone who is passionate about languages, is deeply interested in the sciences, and is always learning about technology and its many tools, I am excited to have an opportunity to work with faculty in these areas,” Celhay said. “BCC faculty are known for their innovative approaches and are committed to developing a culture that promotes student success.”
Celhay, who began her career with the Peralta Colleges in 2004, served at College of Alameda (CoA) first as an outreach coordinator, then as an adjunct instructor for CoA’s English as a Second Language and Digital Bridge Academy. She also was a project manager for that college’s One-Stop Career Center.
In 2008, she transferred to Laney College as the founding director of its Gateway to College Program. Celhay later was named interim dean of community partnerships and workforce development and served in that position from 2009 to 2011. She became founding director of Laney’s APASS Program in 2011, then was appointed interim dean of academic and student affairs there in 2012. Prior to entering the field of higher education, Celhay was online marketing manager for Geoworks.
A graduate of California State University, East Bay, Celhay earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s degree in educational technology there. She is currently working on her doctorate in education.