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Peralta Colleges Tap John Hendrickson as Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer

24 January 2014

John_Hendrickson1The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, at its meeting on January 21, 2014, approved the appointment of John Hendrickson as Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hendrickson has been tapped to assist Peralta Chancellor José M. Ortiz with day-to-today operations at the District, allowing the Chancellor to be more active in community matters and higher education policy-making.

Mr. Hendrickson began his duties at the Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – on January 22. His appointment runs through June 2014.

Most recently, Mr. Hendrickson served as the President and Superintendent of Cabrillo College, located on the Central Coast. Previously, he was Chancellor at the West Valley-Mission Community College District, where he served from 2008 until 2012.

Mr. Hendrickson began his career in education in 1977 as Director of Management Services at the Contra Costa County Office of Education. In 1981, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, becoming the Chief Financial Officer for the County Office of Education. In 1991, he became the Deputy County Superintendent of Schools for Contra Costa County.

Mr. Hendrickson moved into community college administration in 1995 when he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration for the Contra Costa Community College District, a position he held for nine years. Prior to joining West Valley-Mission, he was President of MiraCosta College located in San Diego County. Additionally, Mr. Hendrickson has served as College President, Vice President and Vice Chancellor at other California single college and multi-college districts.

He holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay; an M.A. in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay; and B.A. (Honors in Political Science) from California State University, San Jose.

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