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Communication from Board President Bonilla to all Peralta Employees

15 May 2019

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Dr. Albert J. Harrison appointed interim vice chancellor of finance and administration

23 April 2019

A former chancellor at the District from 1995-99, Harrison comes out of retirement to oversee finance and administration

OAKLAND, Calif. (April 24, 2019) – On April 23, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) appointed Albert J. Harrison II, Ph.D. as interim vice chancellor of finance and administration.

Under a two-year contract starting April 25, 2019, Harrison is responsible for the administration and supervision of the District’s finance, accounting, accounts payable, payroll, purchasing, information technology (IT), internal auditing and budgeting services. He will monitor and direct the daily business operations and is responsible for coordination and providing support for budget development and oversight of the execution of the annual final budget.

“Dr. Harrison is a consummate educational leader,” said Frances (Fran) L. White, Ph.D., acting chancellor, PCCD. “I knew him when he was vice chancellor of finance and administration at Peralta, and later when he was chancellor at Peralta. Upon his retirement in 2004, I sought him out to come to College of Marin to help rebuild the finances at the college and achieve full accreditation status. I am grateful that he has committed to returning to Peralta to help us improve fiscal services and develop a sound fiscal improvement plan.”

Harrison is a practicing Certified Public Accountant, running a well-established CPA firm he founded in 1974. A former airman in the U.S. Air Force and police officer in Miami, he is also a retired educator who served more than 38 years in various positions with the California Community College System. Harrison began his professional career in academia in 1977 as budget director at Peralta Community College District and served as vice chancellor of financial services from 1984-95, eventually rising to become PCCD’s chancellor from 1995-1999. Subsequently, he was on the faculty at College of Alameda from 1999-2004, before heading to College of Marin as vice president of college operations from 2004-2013, including a period as interim president in 2010. Last year, he served as interim vice president at the College of Redwoods.

“I’m happy to return home and look forward to working with a great team in a wonderful institution,” said Dr. Harrison. “I wish to thank the chancellor and the board for their confidence in my ability to help.”

Harrison earned an associate degree at Miami Dade (Junior) College, a Bachelor of Science in accounting at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., an MBA at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., and a doctorate of philosophy in business administration with a specialization in management information systems, from Northcentral University in San Diego.

An active community volunteer, Harrison was on the board of directors of the San Francisco Community Music Center, Berkeley Oakland Support Services, and RC200, Urban Community College Districts. He was also an advisory committee member for California State University, East Bay; on the chancellor’s advisory committee at Cal-Berkeley; and, is currently a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. Harrison is also an accomplished jazz musician.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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Leigh Sata appointed interim vice chancellor for general services

27 March 2019

Sata will oversee facility and property services for the District and the four Peralta Colleges

OAKLAND, Calif. (March 27, 2019) – On March 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) approved the appointment of Leigh Sata as interim vice chancellor of general services.

Under a two-year contract starting March 27, 2019, Sata will direct the Department of General Services (DGS), which provides centralized services to the District, including facility and property services, as well as facilities maintenance & operations, capital outlay, design & construction, facilities planning & development management, and Peralta police services.

Sata brings to the role more than three decades of experience in architecture and education, including a long history with the California Community Colleges, managing both capital projects and large bond programs.

“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified facilities and bond program expert on board our team,” said Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White, acting chancellor, Peralta Community College District.

Sata comes to PCCD from Santa Rosa Junior College, where he was senior director, capital projects. Previously, Sata was executive bond manager for Solano Community College, and a project executive and construction program manager for the Swinerton Management and Consulting team, where he led project teams for the following clients: College of Marin, San Mateo County College District, San Francisco Unified School District, Lycée Francais de San Francisco, and San Mateo-Foster City School District. He was also director of university architecture at the University of San Francisco, and a senior project architect at many design firms, specializing in projects for educational institutions.

Sata was a student at the University of California at Davis, eventually transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He is currently a candidate in the Global Executive Ed. D program at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.

An active community volunteer, Sata served as vice-chairman, board of directors for the French American International School in San Francisco and is currently an advisory board member for Nihonmachi Little Friends Pre-School.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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PCCD names Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White as acting chancellor

27 February 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) – On February 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) named Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White as acting chancellor of the District. Her start date will be March 1, 2019. The employment agreement will be considered at the next scheduled Board Meeting on March 12, 2019.

Dr. White comes to the Peralta Colleges with nearly four decades of experience in higher education and a long history with the California Community Colleges in a variety of roles, including serving as interim president at both Berkeley City College and College of Alameda in 2016.  She was also superintendent/president of the Marin Community College District for six years, retiring in 2010. Prior to that, Dr. White was the president of Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., the executive vice chancellor at City College of San Francisco, and the interim chancellor of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. She also served as assistant dean of communication, arts and physical education at Laney College, where she was a faculty member for several years.

PCCD Board President Julina Bonilla has been working with current Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre for several months to prepare the District for this transition. During a closed session on Feb. 22, 2019, the Board voted unanimously to accept an early retirement and release agreement with the Chancellor effective March 1, 2019.

“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified woman to take the helm and address day-to-day operations on an interim basis,” said Bonilla. “The Board and our stakeholders can now focus on implementing a national search for a permanent chancellor consistent with our shared governance selection process in a manner that engages the public and the community.

 “The Board is committed to the highest levels of public transparency and accountability, added Bonilla. “I look forward to the active engagement and feedback of our campus communities and to keeping our East Bay public informed as we recruit the next leader to implement the vision of academic excellence and facilities upgrades necessary for the students we serve.”

Dr. White has a doctorate in education administration from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the California State University, East Bay. She is a community college graduate and earned an associate degree in general education from Merritt College.

Dr. White has served on numerous local, state and national boards, commissions and committees. She is the statewide recipient of the 2010 Harry J. Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award in the California Community Colleges. Dr. White was named “Women in Business: Education Leader of 2009” for the North Bay Business Journal. She is a former member and president of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). She is a past president of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President’s Academy and served as a member of the President’s Academy Executive Committee for four years. She was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors for a term of three years. Dr. White is a former member, Commission of American Council on Education (ACE), Office of Women in Higher Education; and a previous member of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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Chancellor Laguerre announces retirement

25 February 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2019) – The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees announced that Chancellor Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre will be retiring on March 1, 2019.

PCCD Board President Julina Bonilla has been working with the Chancellor for several months to prepare the District for this transition. During a closed session on Feb. 22, 2019, the Board voted unanimously to accept an early retirement and release agreement with the Chancellor. The Board will continue work it began with the Chancellor to identify an acting chancellor and may make an appointment as soon as the next board meeting on Feb. 26. The District will then launch a national search to fill the position of the chancellor.

“I want to thank Chancellor Laguerre for his tireless dedication to our colleges, students, faculty, staff and the community. The board of trustees acknowledge our K-14 challenges and we are actively moving forward to quickly address our most pressing issues,” said PCCD Board President Bonilla. “The board of trustees is grateful for Dr. Laguerre’s willingness to help plan for a smooth leadership transition. We wish him continued success in his next chapter.”

During the election of Nov. 2018, the passage of two measures signaled voter confidence in the District and will help propel it for future success. Northern Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure G, Peralta Community College District’s $864 million bond proposal to facilitate improvements to facilities and new construction. Voters also approved Measure E, extending the current $48 per parcel tax to supplement funding for core academic programs at the Peralta Colleges, which include Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The board of trustees is indebted to the community for its overwhelming support and passage of Measure G Bond and Measure E which will allow the District to address several priorities over the next five-to-seven years. Our students and community will be the well-deserved beneficiaries of new and refurbished facilities, including a new library at Laney College and a new child development center at Merritt College.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC-LP 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

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Report to our Community from Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees

9 February 2018

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Report to our Community

from Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees
 

Meredith Brown, Board President, Area 2

Dr. William “Bill” Riley, Board Vice-President, Area 5

Bill Withrow, Area 1 – Linda Handy, Area 3 – Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Area 4

Karen Weinstein, PhD, Area 6 – Julina Bonilla, Area 7

Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, PhD

 

Accreditation

Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students of Laney College and Merritt College for earning the reaffirmation of accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). College of Alameda and Berkeley City College earned that status last year. Much work was done to document that we meet ACCJC Standards. Our Steering Committees and Committee Chairs at all of our Colleges have our deepest gratitude for restoring the honor of being “sanction free.”

 

Board Retreat

One of the recommendations of the ACCJC is for the Chancellor and Trustees to work together to support student success. If you recall, the District had Eight Recommendations from the 2015 ACCJC Self Study. Recommendation Seven required that the Governing Board and the Chancellor work together “to assure the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of the student learning programs and services and the financial stability of the institution.” Since that time, we have conscientiously strived to engage in a positive working relationship and to live up to our charge. We continue to take ACCJC’s Recommendations seriously as we continue to review our work and to make improvements. 

 

Chancellor Laguerre also informed the Board that he has refocused his goals to help us attain greater success for our students. Board members accepted his proposal. Chancellor Laguerre indicated that concerted efforts will be made to help improve the District Administration Center’s service to the Colleges and the public that interacts with us as vendors, suppliers, grantors and benefactors. Attention to these efforts– coupled with the fact that we live in an area that is becoming less and less affordable to live with ease– requires us to think strategically about how best to help those at the lowest levels of compensation do better financially. We are committed to demonstrably support greater student success at Peralta and to ensure that our efforts are visible.

 

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Peralta Board Spotlight – January 23, 2018

6 February 2018

Board Spotlight: Highlights from the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees

Meetings of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees are open to the public and broadcast live on peraltaTV, KGPC 96.9fm and YouTube.

Please visit peralta.edu/trustees for more information, and join the discussion leading our organization

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PCCD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers for 2018

19 December 2017

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Peralta Community College District

Board of Trustees

Elects New Officers for 2018

 

 

The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 12, 2017, elected new officers for 2018.

 

Meredith Brown representing Area 2, was elected President, and William “Bill” Riley, who represents Area 5 was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, Julina Bonilla, who represents Area 7, and Trustee Brown, who served as Vice President in 2017, were honored for their service at the meeting.

 

Bill Withrow (Area 1), Linda Handy (Area 3), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4), Karen Weinstein (Area 6), Julina Bonilla, (Area 7), and Student Trustees Corey Hollis and Nesi More continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.

“I look forward to continuing Peralta’s work to raise the retention and graduation rates of our under-served students, improving our educational facilities and improving the delivery of services to our Peralta Community,” President Brown said.

 

President Brown was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2012 and has an extensive background in community service, including providing training for California community colleges and K-12 institutions on immigration in the educational setting and maintaining a welcoming educational environment for all students regardless of immigration status. She is also active in promoting student success and student support programs for students who are under-represented in higher education. 

 

President Brown’s volunteer work also includes providing training on best practices for supporting and recruiting faculty members from diverse backgrounds, on sexual harassment, on dual enrollment, which provides high school students and students who are under-represented in higher education with the opportunity to take community college courses for dual high school and college credit while in high school, as well as trainings on trustee fiduciary responsibilities and fiscal oversight. In addition, President Brown is a volunteer member on the Peralta Colleges Retirement Board. She is a graduate of Cornell University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law.

 

President Brown has worked as a literacy volunteer for the Super Stars Literacy Program at Hoover Elementary School and served as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention. She has also been active in raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education by working on the Alameda County Pre-School for All Campaign and working on a community task force for our local assembly representative. 

 

William “Bill” Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and represents an area that includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont. He has served as President of the Board twice and also as Vice President. He is a Merritt College alumnus and has served in public education over 30 years, including the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School Districts. He earned an Ed.D., in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.

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Peralta Colleges Stand with DACA Students

6 September 2017

After the election of President Donald Trump, the District Board of Trustees took a very active stance supporting our Undocumented Students and all students who had reasons to be concerned about any potential unjust actions of the Trump administration.  Today, we are saddened that the administration has taken the position to end, within six months, the protection provided by DACA.

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that represents the decency of America. DACA protects children who were brought to this country and who have grown up as Americans in all the sense of the word. Often called “dreamers,” these children have been integrated into the culture of our schools and have embraced our values: America is their country. DACA students have demonstrated their commitment to be productive citizens and to keep our country strong and great.  Some have served in our military, some have earned degrees, and many have filled jobs that in our country that has strengthened our economy. We recognize the many accomplishments of DACA students and acknowledge their role in our democracy and their contributions to our society: they are lawyers, physicians, teachers—they are productive members of our communities.

 

At Peralta, we have hundreds of students who fit the DACA category, and they are among the best citizens we have.  The Trump administration’s abrupt decision to end DACA is unwise and appeals to a political base that has proven out of step with the majority of America. For this reason, we need to do everything we can to provide the immediate support needed for our students.  In fact, community colleges throughout the State of California are stepping up to be supportive of all DACA students.

 

The Peralta Community College District is committed to supporting DACA students in the best way we can and are committed to the following actions:

  • We will schedule legal workshops at the Colleges as soon as possible so that DACA students can learn about their rights and seek legal protection.
  • We will advocate through Congress and the White House to develop a permanent, fair, humane, and smart solution to making every “dreamer” a documented and respected citizen of the United States.
  • We will encourage our local legislators and community leaders to join us in lending their public support to this effort.
  • We will assure that all PCCD students– and especially the DACA students– know they are not alone in these troubling times.
  • Most importantly, our students need to know that their Faculty, the Staff, the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the College Presidents are watching out for them and that everyone in the United States is protected by the U.S. Constitution. The rights of DACA students are not exceptions to these protections. 
  • As part of our commitment, we want all to know that the District:
  • Will not allow federal immigration officials on campus absent legal authority;
  • Will not act on behalf of federal agencies to enforce immigration laws or aid in deportation;
  • Will not share student records containing confidential information without written consent, a court order or other legal mandate, and,
  • Will not allow College police to participate in any voluntary program of immigration enforcement.

 

PCCD remains deeply committed to all of our students and will do everything we can to ensure their success and safety. Currently, we are witnessing a troubling period in our history and we will do everything in our power to win back the values and ideals that make our country the beacon of hope and opportunity for the entire world.

 

Finally, we aim to beat the deadline to end DACA that has been thrust upon us. There are presently two bills before Congress (one of which is bi-partisan), which would preserve DACA; therefore, Congress is not starting from scratch and hope is not lost:  1.) the Bridge Act was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on December 9, 2016, and co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Durbin, Murkowski, Flake and Schumer.  2.) the American Hope Act was introduced by Representative Gutierrez on July 28, 2017, and has 116 Democratic co-sponsors. The legislative process could result in a successful bi-partisan effort supporting the Bridge Act, which is currently before the Judiciary Committee, or the American Hope Act.  We are not giving up hope to continue to support DACA!

 

Sincerely,

Julina Bonilla, Board President, Peralta Community College District

Jowel Laguerre, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Rowena Tomaneng, President, Berkeley City College

Timothy Karas, President, College of Alameda

Tammeil Gilkerson, President, Laney College

Marie-Elaine Burns, President, Merritt College

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Board of Trustees Tap Jason Cole, Ph.D., As New Vice Chancellor For Information Technology

25 January 2017

PicAt its meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District approved the appointment of Jason Cole, Ph.D, to serve the new Vice Chancellor for District-wide technology services.

Dr. Cole begins in his new position February 1, 2017.

“I am very pleased that we have worked hard to find an individual like Dr. Cole to bring to our Colleges and pleased that he is the final choice for Vice Chancellor of Information Technology,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

“Dr. Cole has the skills needed to transform our IT Department. His background in technology, education and leadership will allow him to take District IT to the highest level possible,” the Chancellor said.

Jason Cole is a long-time educational technology leader with experience in K-12, higher education and corporate environments. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the implementation of large-scale technology projects and instructional systems design.

Dr. Cole is the former CEO and current Board Chair of Remote-Learner, Inc., a Moodle service and integration provider. As CEO, he led the transformation of Remote-Learner’s services and operations, providing technical services to over 1,000 clients – from small non-profit organizations to community college districts and Fortune 500 companies.

Before joining the private sector, Dr. Cole was a Product Development Manager at the Open University in the UK, where he and his team won the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration. As the Academic Technology Manager at San Francisco State University, he was responsible for the strategic implementation of campus-wide learning technology initiatives and faculty support.

A recognized leader in educational technology, Dr. Cole is the author and co-author of several books and articles on education and technology, including Using Moodle from O’Reilly Press. He has been an invited keynote speaker at several education conferences and MoodleMoots.

He received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado and his B.A. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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