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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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