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Finalists Announced for Vice Chancellor, Finance & Administration: Public Forum Wed., March 12

6 March 2014


Chancellor Jose M. Ortiz, Ed.D, announces that five (5) finalists for the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, Peralta Community College District, have been chosen by the Selection Committee. A public forum is scheduled for March 12. Here are brief biographies of the candidates followed by details about the forum.

  • John al-Amin

Dr. al-Amin currently serves as Interim Vice President of Business Services for Riverside City College.  He has a wealth of budget management and executive leadership experience, having served as a Senior Budget Analyst for the State of California’s Department of Finance, and also as Chief Business and Administrative Services Officer at Laney, Grossmont, and Oxnard Colleges. In addition, he served as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services for the Contra Costa Community College District.

Dr. al-Amin’s experience includes service as a Student Services Officer and work as a Graduate Research Assistant with the California Educational Research Cooperative at the University of California, Riverside.  He was also a Recreation Program Instructor and Program Director at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has been responsible for fiscal, policy, and strategic planning operations at his various institutions, in addition to having oversight and/or management responsibilities over various programs and services that have included Athletics, Bookstore Operations, Custodial Services, Capital Planning, Facilities Operations, Food Services, Grounds Maintenance, Human Resources, Information Technology, College Police, Procurement and Contracts, and Switchboard, Mailroom, and Warehouse Operations.

His academic training and expertise are in economics, educational administration, and business management.  He earned a B.A. in economics and an M.A. in education from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Management from California Pacific University.

  • Mazie Brewington

Ms. Brewington served 23 years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant Major. In recognition for her exceptionally meritorious performance of outstanding service and achievement, she was awarded the Legion of Merit (highest peace-time honor) upon her separation from the Army.

Ms. Brewington began her career with the California Community College System in 1999 as the Business Manager for Laney College.  She has also served as Controller of Chabot-Las Positas Community College and Vice President of Administrative & Business Services at Solano Community College District. Thereafter, she served as Vice President of Administrative Services for Merced Community College District, and since 2013, she has been serving as Vice President, Administrative & Business Services at Antelope Valley Community College District. Ms. Brewington was named for Excellence in Community Colleges by the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) in 2004.

Ms. Brewington holds a M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from Troy State University, a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Columbia College, and an A.A. in General Studies from Columbia College. Other successful leadership training includes completion of  Integrated Strategic Enrollment Management at the Snowmass Institute in  2002; Advanced Strategic Studies and Operations, U.S. Army, El Paso, Texas, 1993; and the Logistics Management Program, U.S. Army, Petersburg, Virginia, 1992. 

  • —Jeanine Hawk

Ms. Hawk brings over 20 years of experience in Higher Education.  She has served as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer at Alliant International University since November 2011, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services in the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District beginning June 2009, and served for several months as that district’s Acting Chancellor.   She previously held vice presidential positions in the Santa Monica Community College District and at De Anza College. She has worked in community colleges for approximately 18 years.

Hawk holds an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Oregon University.  She has achieved advanced candidacy in the SFSU Educational Leadership doctoral program and is writing a dissertation on the relationship of spending patterns and student outcomes in California community colleges. 

  • — Yulian Ligioso

Mr. Ligioso has over three decades of experience in business and finance, with 22 years in California community college finance.  For the last three years, he has held the position of Vice President of Finance & Administration at Solano Community College.  He previously served as Vice President of Administrative Services at Chabot-Las Positas and San Jose Evergreen Community College Districts, and also taught and held business/finance positions at the College of Marin and at Ventura and Modesto Colleges.

Mr. Ligioso holds a Baccalaureate in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from the University of the Pacific.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant, formerly with Ernst & Young, an international accounting and consulting firm. 

  • Ronald Little

Mr. Little has over 25 years of leadership and management experience.  He began his career in educational business and finance at the San Carlos School District, a K-8 district of 3,000 students.  Prior to moving to community colleges, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest district in the state with over 130,000 students and a $1.1 billion general fund budget.  Mr. Little was instrumental in creating strategies to turn around San Diego Unified’s budget problems and helped in re-building the district’s credibility within the community.

A product of the California community college system, Mr. Little earned his B.A. degree in English Literature from UC Irvine, and later earned an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco.  He has also been awarded a post-graduate certification from the University of Southern California in School Business Management.

Mr. Little currently serves as the Vice President of Administrative Services for the Ohlone Community College District in Fremont, CA, where he leads several departments: Budget and Finance, Campus Police, Facilities, Purchasing, Risk Management, and Technology. At Ohlone he has built a strong sense of team and focus. 


Public Forum and Chancellor’s Interviews:

Each candidate will participate in a Public Forum to be moderated by John Hendrickson, Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., at the District Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606.  The schedule:

            Jeanine Hawk – 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

            Ronald Little – 4:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.

            John al-Amin – 5:20 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

            Mazie Brewington – 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

            Yulian Ligioso – 6:40 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question-and-answer session.  Comment forms will be given to all who attend, and the completed forms will be collected immediately after each session and given to Chancellor Ortiz.

On the following day, Thursday, March 13, 2014, each candidate will participate in an interview with Chancellor Ortiz.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the Public Forum. 



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Peralta Colleges Chancellor Announces Finalists for President of Merritt College: Public Forum To Be Held Nov. 26

19 November 2012

OAKLAND, CA, Nov. 19, 2012 — The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz, has announced that the Presidential Search Committee has selected three finalists for President of Merritt College in Oakland, California.

The finalists are Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, Ed.D., currently Vice President of Instruction for Mission College of the West Valley Mission Community College District; Edward Bush, Ph.D., currently Vice President of Student Services for Riverside City College; and Marie-Elaine Burns, Ed.D., currently Vice President of Student Affairs at San Jose City College.

Each of the three candidates will participate in a public forum on November 26, 2012, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Newton/Seale Student Lounge, Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. The forum schedule is as follows: Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz, 12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.; Dr. Bush, 1:20 p.m.–2:05 p.m.; and Dr. Burns, 2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Members of the college community and the public are invited and encouraged to attend the public forum.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Siri Brown, a Merritt College Ethnic Studies Department faculty, and will consist of a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a short presentation and a question and answer session.  Comment forms will be given to all who attend and the completed forms will be given to the Chancellor for his review.

The Chancellor will interview each of the candidates and make a final decision as to which will become the next President of Merritt College.

Finalist biographies follow and photographs of the candidates can be found on the Peralta Colleges Website.

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 and 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, student success and 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, and 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.  A member of National Hispana Leadership Institute, Association of California Community College Administrators, Silicon Valley Education Committee, California Community College Chief Instructional Administrators, Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.   She recently completed her elected two-year term to California Community College Instructional Chief Officers Council representing the South Bay region.  She has served as an evaluator on four accreditation teams for ACCJC.  Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz was recently recognized by State Senator, Ellen Corbett for her outstanding service to the Latino community.

Dr. Edward Bush currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services for Riverside City College.  He has over 18 years of experience in higher education with 15 of those years with the Riverside Community College District. He has served as an associate faculty member in student activities, Director of the Educational Talent Search federal TRIO grant, and Dean of Student Services.  In addition, he has served on numerous college and district-wide committees and has been active with several community organizations including serving on the board for two non-profit foundations.  Dr. Bush has also worked as an adjunct instructor for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Redlands and is currently an adjunct instructor at Brandman University. Dr. Bush has taught courses in student development, organizational theory, and research.

Dr. Bush received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from University of California, Riverside, Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Edward Bush is a published author with 8 peer reviewed publications appearing in journals including: Black Issues in Higher Education, Community College Week, Diverse Educational Horizons, Journal of African American Males in Education, and the Community College Journal. Dr. Bush is the co-author of the soon to be released book “The Plan: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College.”   He has been a presenter at four national conferences, including the National Association of Black School Educators, the National Association of African American Studies, the Institute for Race Relations, and the National Convening of Postsecondary Education Support Programs for Former Foster Youth.

Dr. Bush is the co-founder of the newly launched national “I Have a Plan” campaign to register and equip one million African American boys and young men (from conception to 24 years of age) with a written plan that outlines a clear path for success by the Year 2015.  Dr. Bush is a founding member and President of the African American Male Education Network and Development (A2.M.E.N.D).  In 2009 Dr. Bush was recognized by the Riverside Chapter of the NAACP with the Drum Major Award in Education at their annual freedom fund dinner.

Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns has served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at San Jose City College for the last seven years.   She is a native Californian, born in San Mateo and raised in the San Francisco.

Her postsecondary educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, a Masters of Science Degree in School Management & Administration, and a Doctorate Degree in Institutional Management both from Pepperdine University.

Dr. Burns has worked in higher education for more than 30 years  primarily responsible for college access, student retention, support services, transfer and graduation success. She has worked at universities and colleges throughout the state including  San Francisco State University, University of Southern California (USC), California State University at Long Beach, California State University – Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles Harbor College, Hartnell College (Salinas), Skyline College (San Bruno), and Foothill College (Los Altos Hills).

Dr. Burns is the President, Owner, and Chief Executive Consultant of Mammoth Concepts, Educational Consulting for a Changing World.

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