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PCCD names Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White as acting chancellor

27 February 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) – On February 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Peralta Community College District (PCCD) named Dr. Frances (Fran) L. White as acting chancellor of the District. Her start date will be March 1, 2019. The employment agreement will be considered at the next scheduled Board Meeting on March 12, 2019.

Dr. White comes to the Peralta Colleges with nearly four decades of experience in higher education and a long history with the California Community Colleges in a variety of roles, including serving as interim president at both Berkeley City College and College of Alameda in 2016.  She was also superintendent/president of the Marin Community College District for six years, retiring in 2010. Prior to that, Dr. White was the president of Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., the executive vice chancellor at City College of San Francisco, and the interim chancellor of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. She also served as assistant dean of communication, arts and physical education at Laney College, where she was a faculty member for several years.

PCCD Board President Julina Bonilla has been working with current Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre 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 effective March 1, 2019.

“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified woman to take the helm and address day-to-day operations on an interim basis,” said Bonilla. “The Board and our stakeholders can now focus on implementing a national search for a permanent chancellor consistent with our shared governance selection process in a manner that engages the public and the community.

 “The Board is committed to the highest levels of public transparency and accountability, added Bonilla. “I look forward to the active engagement and feedback of our campus communities and to keeping our East Bay public informed as we recruit the next leader to implement the vision of academic excellence and facilities upgrades necessary for the students we serve.”

Dr. White has a doctorate in education administration from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the California State University, East Bay. She is a community college graduate and earned an associate degree in general education from Merritt College.

Dr. White has served on numerous local, state and national boards, commissions and committees. She is the statewide recipient of the 2010 Harry J. Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award in the California Community Colleges. Dr. White was named “Women in Business: Education Leader of 2009” for the North Bay Business Journal. She is a former member and president of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). She is a past president of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President’s Academy and served as a member of the President’s Academy Executive Committee for four years. She was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors for a term of three years. Dr. White is a former member, Commission of American Council on Education (ACE), Office of Women in Higher Education; and a previous member of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).

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


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African/African-American Graduation 2019 – “Reclaiming Our Narrative: Looking Back and Moving Forward!

6 March 2017

The Peralta Colleges’ 2019 African and African-American Graduation ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African-American students who, through unyielding determination, have successfully completed an associate degree and or certificate from a Peralta College. The ceremony is representative of African and African-American culture and heritage and embraces the values of community and scholarship.

We are also proud to announce that the Peralta Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA) 2019 Scholarship recipients from each of the colleges will be recognized at this year’s graduation program.

“Reclaiming Our Narrative: Looking Back and Moving Forward!” is the theme for this year’s graduation. Acting Chancellor, Frances L. White, Ph.D. has agreed to serve as our keynote speaker. Dr. White’s remarks and the telling of “her story”, particularly as a former graduate of the Peralta Colleges, will be inspirational to our African/African-American students, their families, Peralta faculty, administrators, and staff.

Reserved and secure parking will be provided in the church’s parking lot for trustees, faculty, staff, and administrators. We ask that Peralta faculty, staff, and administrators dress in academic regalia or African attire for the event. Please feel free to do the same or to wear whatever you should choose. We recommend that you arrive by 10:30 a.m. to participate in a group photo and the processional into the sanctuary at the beginning of the program. This year, faculty, staff, and administrators in the procession will be seated on stage.


11 a.m. (no tickets required for entry)
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Beebe Memorial Cathedral
3900 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

Graduate Information:

Arrival Time: 9-9:30 a.m., check-in and Continental Breakfast (you must RSVP below)


Dress to Impress. Please wear cap and gown.

Items to Purchase:

Kente sashes will be available before the ceremony. $15. (cash only)

Photographers will be available for photos.

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Here’s a look at a previous graduation ceremony in 2017:


Please click on the link to RSVP.

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