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Peralta News – Board Spotlight October 6, 2015

13 October 2015

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At the October 6, 2015 meeting, the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees conducted a Public Hearing “sunshining” articles of negotiations with our three employee unions. Berkeley City College President Deborah Budd announced plans to apply for a new CIRM grant. And Lieutenant Craft of Peralta Police Services presented the annual Clery Act Disclosure of Campus Security. Please view the entire meeting at http://web.peralta.edu/trustees/meetings-votelog/

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Tram Vo-Kumamoto Appointed VP of Instruction at Berkeley City College

19 May 2014

TramVo-Kumamoto_ColorTram Vo-Kumamoto, has been named Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College, Dr. Deborah Budd, president, announced.

Ms. Kumamoto, who most recently served as Dean of Science and Mathematics at Chabot College (Hayward), has 20 years of professional experience in a variety of educational systems.

“Ms. Kumamoto’s experience will be a tremendous asset to the college,” Dr. Budd said. “As a dean at Chabot College, Ms. Kumamoto focused on creating cohort programs that integrated academic support and student services. They fostered customized, individually focused pathways which allowed more students to complete degrees in pre-allied health majors, as well as in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs.”

Ms. Kumamoto’s background in a variety of educational posts has prepared her well for her new position at Berkeley City College. She has worked as an educator in early childhood development, the K-12 system, at community colleges and at four-year universities.

“I am delighted to be part of Berkeley City College,” she said. “The college is committed providing the best educational opportunities to our community and we will continue to develop programs to prepare our students for transfer and for the demands of a variety of occupational environments.”

Her experience working with a variety of age groups and learning styles provided her with a wide range of experience and has molded her into an educational leader who creates developmentally appropriate, equitable and integrated educational programs to better serve diverse populations.

Ms. Kumamoto earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and social welfare from UC Berkeley. She also holds a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in higher education from California State University, East Bay.

Active in professional and community activities, Ms. Kumamoto is a member of the Community College League of California’s Commission on the Future. She also serves on the board of directors of Oakland’s East Bay Agency for Children Auxiliary Group.

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Peralta Colleges Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz Selects New Presidents For Berkeley City College and Merritt College

14 December 2012

New presidents for two Peralta Colleges were announced last night at the District’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Dr. José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, has tapped Dr. Deborah Budd to lead Berkeley City College and Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz to be the next President of Merritt College.

Budd is currently the Interim President at Berkeley City College and Ambriz-Galaviz is Vice President of Instruction for Mission College.

“I am very pleased with the quality of the candidates we had for these two presidential positions, and Dr. Budd and Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz are both accomplished administrators who will bring much to their leadership roles at the colleges,” Chancellor Ortiz said.

“I am looking forward to working with both our new presidents as we move forward at the Peralta Colleges to bring quality education to our community’s students.”

“They have my full confidence,” the Chancellor added.

Dr. Deborah Budd has over 16 years of administrative experience and nine years of teaching experience. She is currently serving as the Interim President for Berkeley City College of the Peralta Community College District. Previously, she served over the past four years as the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Peralta Community College District. Dr. Budd also served as Vice President of Instruction for Berkeley City College prior to assignment at the District Office. She was Vice President of Educational Resources and Instruction for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, and served for six years as the Dean of Applied Health, Physical Education and Community Affairs for Chabot College.

In addition to her community college experience, Dr. Budd has been both a teacher and administrator at the middle and high school level. Her recent dissertation, Institutional Effectiveness and the Relationship to African American and Latino Transfer Rates, highlights her extensive knowledge relating to the integration of planning and budgeting, accreditation and suggestions for beginning to close the opportunity gap. She has a great deal of experience with enrollment management, grants, and facilities bond implementation, and has expertise in working with faculty to develop innovative programs to increase student success.

Dr. Budd received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and Physical Education from University of California at Santa Barbara, her Master’s in Education from Stanford University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz has served since 2008 as Vice President of Instruction for Mission College of the West Valley Mission Community College District. Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz was employed for 17 years at Chabot College, Hayward, California, and she also worked at Cabrillo and Hartnell Community Colleges holding various academic and student services positions, from psychology instructor, counselor, Special Student Services Dean to Social Sciences Division Dean.

Coupled with numerous college committees, task forces and/or selection committees, Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz has earned a reputation of being well-versed on the day-to-day operations of both student services and instruction.  She is known for her advocacy and collaborative approach that promotes academic excellence, and student success at the college.

Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz holds a Doctorate Degree in Education-Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University and an Associates of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell College.  Her doctoral degree explored “The Use of Strategies Used among California Community College Chief Administrative Officers to Produce Change.”

In addition to her career in higher education, Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz is active in a variety of national, state and local organizations.  She is a member of National Hispana Leadership Institute, Association of California Community College Administrators, Silicon Valley Education Committee, California Community College Chief Instructional Administrators and the Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.   She recently completed her elected two-year term to the California Community College Instructional Chief Officers Council representing the South Bay region.  She has served as an evaluator on four accreditation teams for ACCJC. State Senator Ellen Corbett recently recognized Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz for her outstanding service to the Latino community.

 

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Note to Editors: Photographs of the new presidents are available for publication.

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Peralta Colleges Chancellor Announces Finalists for President of Berkeley City College: Public Forum To Be Held Nov. 27

14 November 2012

The finalists are Deborah Budd, Ed.D., who is currently serving as Interim President, Berkeley City College; Brian Ellison, Ed.D., Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE); and Arturo Reyes, Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at the Solano Community College District.

Each of the three candidates will participate in a public forum on November 27, 2012, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, Calif. The forum schedule is as follows: Dr. Ellison 12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.; Dr. Budd 1:20 p.m.–2:05 p.m.; and Mr. Reyes 2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Members of the college community and the public are invited and encouraged to attend the public forum.

The forum, which will be moderated by Jayne Matthews, a Berkeley City College Business Department faculty, and will consist of a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a short presentation and a question and answer session. Comment forms will be given to all who attend and the completed forms will be given to the Chancellor for his review.

The Chancellor will interview each of the candidates and make a final decision as to which will become the next President of Berkeley City College.

Finalist biographies follow and photographs of the candidates can be found on the Peralta Colleges Website, www.peralta.edu.

Dr. Deborah Budd has over 16 years of administrative experience and nine years of teaching experience. She is currently serving as the Interim President for Berkeley City College of the Peralta Community College District. Previously, she served over the past four years as the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Peralta Community College District. Dr. Budd also served as Vice President of Instruction for Berkeley City College prior to assignment at the District Office. She was Vice President of Educational Resources and Instruction for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, and served for six years as the Dean of Applied Health, Physical Education and Community Affairs for Chabot College.

In addition to her community college experience, Dr. Budd has been both a teacher and administrator at the middle and high school level. Her recent dissertation, Institutional Effectiveness and the Relationship to African American and Latino Transfer Rates, highlights her extensive knowledge relating to the integration of planning and budgeting, accreditation and suggestions for beginning to close the opportunity gap. She has a great deal of experience with enrollment management, grants, and facilities bond implementation, and have expertise in working with faculty to develop innovative programs to increase student success.

Dr. Budd received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and Physical Education from University of California at Santa Barbara, her Master’s in Education from Stanford University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Brian Ellison has served in a variety of leadership positions during his 24 years in the community college system, including Dean of Vocational Education, Dean of Instruction and currently Vice-President of Instruction and Student Services for San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE).

He taught, as a tenured professor of psychology and sociology, for 12 years at Merced College while serving as the President of the Merced College Faculty Association and Chief Negotiator.

He has worked in both large and small districts and currently oversees an urban multi-campus operation in the San Diego metro area serving over 85,000 students annually. While at Merced College he served as the Dean of Vocational Education and later as the Dean of Instruction at City College of San Francisco. Distance education is one of his areas of expertise and while writing his dissertation he served as a DE consultant to the Merced County Office of Education. He has an Associate Degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Additional areas of expertise include private and public sector construction, contract negotiations, curriculum and program development, strategic planning and organizational change, and personnel management.

Mr. Arturo Reyes currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at the Solano Community College District. He has over 26 years of service in California’s public education system at the high school and community college level. Prior to Solano College, he served as the Interim President and Vice President of Academic Affairs at San José City College, and at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento, he held leadership roles in Academic Affairs and Workforce Preparation and Economic Development.

He taught Spanish and assisted as an athletic coach at Cosumnes River College before serving as the college’s Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences for 7 years. He has an excellent record of leadership on numerous shared governance committees and of supporting college initiatives including budget, enrollment management, curriculum, cultural competence and equity, professional development, learning communities, UMOJA, matriculation, Title IX, Puente Project, Basic Skills Initiative, and the Achieving the Dream and Center for Urban Education initiatives to close the achievement gaps and accelerate student success.

He has led accreditation efforts as the Accreditation Liaison Officer, Steering Committee member and Standard Co-Chair. He has attended ACCJC training, participated in the Indiana University-Purdue University Planning and Institutional Improvement Institute, and has served as an ACCJC evaluation visiting team member.

He is in the process of completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Davis, having earned his Master of Arts Degree in Education, and Administrative Services Credential at California State University, Sacramento, California, and received dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish.

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Lilia Celhay Named Division Dean at Berkeley City College

1 August 2012. 0 comments

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.

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Announcement From Chancellor Wise E. Allen

23 May 2012. 0 comments

It is with sadness that I am announcing the retirement of Dr. Betty Inclan as President of Berkeley City College. Dr. Inclan has written me that she plans to retire from the California Community College system at the end of this academic year in order to spend time reuniting with her family and return back home to the Central Coast.

I am very much appreciative of the outstanding work Dr. Inclan has done for over four years as President of Berkeley City College. Throughout her tenure at the college, she has worked forcefully to make it the outstanding institution of higher learning that it is.

All of us in the Peralta Community are grateful to Dr. Inclan for the way she shaped Berkeley City into what it is today, and we wish her the best in her future “creative wanderings” of her retirement. Dr. Inclan has said that while she looks forward to this new phase in her life, “Berkeley City College as a thriving community will forever live in my heart.”

And it is with pleasure that I announce my appointment of Dr. Debbie Budd as interim President of Berkeley City College, effective June 4, 2012. Many of you have worked with Dr. Budd at both Berkeley City and in her current position serving as the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services for the Peralta Community College District, and know that she is a talented and experienced educator and administrator. She has a great deal of experience with enrollment management, grants, and facilities bond implementation, and has expertise in working with faculty to develop innovative programs to increase student success.

Dr. Budd has over 16 years of administrative experience and nine years of teaching experience. Prior to working at the district office, Dr. Budd served as Vice President of Instruction for Berkeley City College. Previously, she was Vice President of Educational Resources and Instruction for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, and previous to that, served for six years as the Dean of Applied Health, Physical Education and Community Affairs for Chabot College.

In addition to her community college experience, Dr. Budd has been both a teacher and administrator at the middle and high school level. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Physical Education from University of California at Santa Barbara, her Master’s in Education from Stanford University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

Let us thank Betty for a job well done at Berkeley City College and welcome Debbie as Berkeley City College’s new interim President!

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Holiday Season Letter From Chancellor Allen

15 December 2011

Dear Peralta Family,

There is much to celebrate this holiday season, and I want to take this opportunity, as the year winds down, to review some of our important accomplishments over the last year and to underscore that even in these difficult budgetary times, we have achieved so much and have so much to be proud of.

I am proud of what we have done and want to thank everyone for her or his hard work this past year in making these accomplishments possible. In the face of the difficult circumstances imposed on us by the State, the Peralta Family – as it always does – has pulled together and given our students their best, and made all of us proud. As we end the year and get ready to ring in 2012, let me point out some of our achievements in 2011 and note the many accomplishments that we have to celebrate this year.

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