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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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