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Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud To Start October 21 as Peralta Chancellor

9 October 2019

Stanback Stroud confirmed as chief executive of the Peralta Community College District

OAKLAND, Calif. (October 9, 2019) – On October 8, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) unanimously voted to confirm the appointment of Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud as Chancellor of the district.  Dr. Stanback Stroud, who most recently served as President of Skyline Community College in San Bruno, will start on October 21, 2019. She was first announced as the future Chancellor at a Board of Trustees meeting on September 24, 2019.

Julina Bonilla, Board of Trustees President, said, “Regina is stepping into a challenging situation as the Peralta district responds to the financial concerns outlined in the FCMAT report. The good news is that Dr. Stanback Stroud comes to Peralta with a breadth of executive administration experience and she is ready to get to work. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored Dr. Stanback Stroud has chosen to serve Peralta.  We believe our faculty, staff, administration, and particularly our students will be well served by her thoughtful leadership.”

“I’m excited to be home” said Stanback Stroud, a long-time resident of Oakland, where the Peralta district headquarters and two of the four colleges are located.

Stanback Stroud was selected following a nation-wide search led by Dr. Brice Harris, former California Community Colleges Chancellor. After receiving word that the Trustees had selected her to be the next chancellor, Stanback Stoud noted, “We have been celebrating here at my home because we love and are committed to Peralta. I will do my very best to serve my community through PCCD. I could not be more honored.”

During the Board of Trustees meeting, Stanback Stroud took a “point of personal privilege” and introduced her wife, Linda Collins, saying “My family is your family now.” The Trustees, administration and community attending in turn enthusiastically welcomed Stanback Stroud and Collins as Peralta Family.

Stanback Stroud starts on October 21, taking over from Acting Chancellor Frances (Fran) White who has led Peralta on an interim basis since March, while the search for a permanent chancellor was ongoing. White, recognized for her service to the Peralta Community by Trustees during the October 8th Board meeting, is stepping down on October 20th.  Dr. White and Dr. Stanback Stroud are the first women to serve as chief executives, respectively as Acting Chancellor and Chancellor, in the 55 years that Peralta has been a community college district.

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Regina Stanback Stroud Announced as Choice for Peralta District Chancellor

30 September 2019

On September 24, 2019 the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees announced Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, former president of Skyline College, as their choice to be the next district Chancellor.

 
Dr. Stanback Stroud has more than 35 years of experience as an educator and leader. She served most recently as President of Skyline College in San Bruno CA from 2010 to 2019. Upon her retirement in July 2019 she was named President Emerita by the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Board of Trustees. She is highly regarded for her expertise on student equity and diversity; education/industry collaboratives; economic empowerment and anti-poverty strategies; community workforce and economic development; and regional and state educational policy. As a faculty leader, Dr. Stanback Stroud served as the President of the State Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and served on the Academic Senate Executive Committee for five years. 
 
Julina Bonilla, Board of Trustees President, said, “Dr. Stanback Stroud’s reputation as an innovative force for student equity and diversity precedes her. Early in the search process when we talked about the type of Chancellor we wanted, we said we needed a strong administrator like Dr. Stanback Stroud. We’re absolutely thrilled she is willing to continue her career here at Peralta. We believe our faculty, staff, administration, and particularly our students will be well served by her thoughtful leadership.”
 
Stanback Stroud said “As an Oakland resident, I am home. This is my community.” She continued, “Peralta is a phenomenal district and there’s so much that is done well here. But it is no secret that there are some real challenges. I’ve read the FCMAT. We are coming to grips with some very real issues and we know what needs to be done. I am confident that with leadership, commitment, and political will we can steer the district to financial stability while we continue to provide affordable educational opportunities and a vibrant culture for the communities we serve.”
 

The selection is subject to contract agreement, background check, and formal appointment by the Trustees. You can read more about Dr. Stanback Stroud’s illustrious career here.

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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 www.peralta.edu

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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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Peralta Matters – Chancellor Laguerre

9 September 2015

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Welcome to the new season of Peralta Matters! This month’s episode features our new Chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., discussing his welcome to the District and our community.

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Trustees Approve Contract For Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre To Begin As Next Chancellor July 1, 2015

24 June 2015

Jowel LaguerreOAKLAND, Calif., June 24, 2015 – At its final meeting of the fiscal year, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District voted unanimously to approve the employment contract of Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., to serve as the next Chancellor of the northern Alameda County college district.

Dr. Laguerre will begin his three-year term as Peralta’s Chancellor on July 1, 2015. His base salary is $305,000 annually.

Meredith Brown, President of the Board of Trustees, quoted Marian Wright Edelman to say, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.”

“The Peralta Community deserves the best in all of us that are entrusted with its governance and operations and Dr. Laguerre brings a wealth of experience to the position and has demonstrated his leadership skills as the Superintendent-President of Solano Community College District,” President Brown said.

“Dr. Laguerre is uniquely qualified to lead the Peralta Colleges in the coming years, and the Board and I look forward to working together with him to address the achievement gap, completion rates and other important issues facing our community’s students,” President Brown added.

Dr. Laguerre issued a statement to the Peralta community following the Board’s vote. In the statement he said, “This vote to name me as Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District is very meaningful to me. I was not physically present at the meeting due to a prior commitment of serving others, as I am spearheading some community activities in Haiti.”

He continued, “I am grateful to the Search Committee for selecting me to be a finalist and I thank the Board of Trustees for entrusting me to lead this great district. I look forward to working in partnership with our colleges, the District Office and members of the community to continue driving Peralta’s momentum as a leader among community colleges in the region, the state and the nation. I look forward to providing all of our employees with the support they need to have a positive impact on the lives of our students.”

“My commitment is to work with the internal constituents and all segments of northern Alameda County to ensure that their investment of tax dollars in the Peralta Community College District is used for the benefit of our students.”

“I look forward to being an integral part of, and contributor to, the communities served by our district,” Dr. Laguerre added.

Dr. Laguerre’s biography can be found here: https://web.peralta.edu/files/2015/05/Background_and_Accomplishments.pdf

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