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Trustees Tap Rowena M. Tomaneng As Next President of Berkeley City College

16 June 2016

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At its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District appointed Rowena M. Tomaneng to serve as the next president of Berkeley City College. Tomaneng’s appointment comes following the departure of the previous president, Deborah Budd, who accepted the position of Chancellor of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District earlier this year. Tomaneng will assume her post on August 1, 2016.  

“I am extremely happy that the Trustees have appointed Ms. Tomaneng and look forward to working with her on some of the key issues facing Berkeley City College, in particular, and the Peralta Colleges in general,” said District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

“Ms. Tomaneng has the background, leadership skills and the temperament to lead BCC at this time,” he added. “We are happy to have her join the dynamic faculty, staff and administrators at BCC to continue and amplify the quality education and services they provide.”

Rowena Tomaneng has been the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif., for six years. She has overseen the Academic Services Division (including the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education), the Office of Professional Development and Pathways programs, such as the Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, and First Year Experience, as well as the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships.

Tomaneng has also overseen collaborative units at the De Anza, including the Learning Resources Division, consisting of Online Education, the Library and the Student Success Center. She holds leadership roles in state initiatives, including both the Student Equity and Student Success and Support Programs. She has obtained and administered state and federal grants, including the Basic Skills Initiative, Asian American/Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Title III: Strengthening Institutions. Tomaneng has worked on faculty and district-wide administrative teams for many years, leading and developing program reviews and accreditation documents. In 2013, she won the statewide Association of California Community College Administrators’ Administrative Leadership Excellence Award, nominated by faculty in Academic Services.

Previously, Tomaneng served for over two years as Interim Dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, which includes 50 full-time and 140 adjunct faculty members, and offers 85 courses in the English Department, ranging from basic skills to multicultural literatures, as well as the departments of ESL, Journalism, Reading and Speech. She was English Department chair for the preceding three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency. Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996-2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature. She has participated extensively in curriculum development and developed various community and educational partnerships.

Tomaneng is actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns. She has written and contributed to a variety of publications and currently serves on the advisory board to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Upon completion of her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities, Tomaneng is scheduled to receive her doctorate in International/Multicultural Education, with a concentration in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco in December. She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine.

 

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Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees Appoint Joi Lin Blake Next College of Alameda President

17 December 2014

Joi Lin BlakeThe Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, at its meeting on December 9, 2014, voted to appoint Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D, the current Vice President of Student Services for Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., as the next President of the College of Alameda. Dr. Blake starts in the position January 6, 2015.

At Skyline College, Blake has overseen admissions and records, counseling, financial aid, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), public safety, veteran’s services and other areas. She has served on the College Executive Team and on a number of committees.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Blake as we move forward not only at the College of Alameda, but throughout the entire Peralta Community College District,” said Chancellor José M. Ortiz, Ed.D. “The search committee did an outstanding job forwarding four finalists for my consideration, and I consider Dr. Blake to be the best fit for the College and the Peralta District.”

“Dr. Blake is the right person for the job,” the Chancellor added.

From 2006 to 2011, Blake served as Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College. In 2010, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a Policy Assistant and Doctoral Intern for the U.S. Dept. of Education, where one of her duties was helping to develop a national strategic plan for community colleges.

Blake holds an Ed.D. from San Diego State University, with a concentration in Community College/Postsecondary Leadership. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science from San Francisco State University (with a major in Program Development and a minor in Spanish) and holds a Masters of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State.

From 2003 to 2006, Blake was Interim Staff Development Coordinator for Southwestern Community College District in south San Diego County, and served as Academic Senate President. She was an instructor and counselor for Southwestern from 1991 to 2003, and served as Interim Dean of Instructional Support Services. In the 1980’s, Blake was an instructor in the field of Disability Support Services for San Diego Community College District, and a counselor for the San Diego Unified School District.

For 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.

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Peralta News – College of Alameda Selects President

31 May 2011. 0 comments

JJacksonThe Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected Dr. Jannet N. Jackson as president of College Alameda at its regular meeting last night. Dr. Jackson, who is currently Interim President at the college, will begin her three-year contract as President starting July 1, 2011.

Dr. Jannett Jackson received her doctorate from the prestigious Community College Leadership Program in Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Masters in Education emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from CSU, Fresno. …morePeralta News – College of Alameda Selects President

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