The Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) have appointed Dr. Jannett Jackson as Interim Chancellor of the District effective April 16, 2021. Dr. Jackson is an experienced CEO having served as the esteemed Chancellor of the Chabot-Los Positas Community College District from 2013 to 2018 when she retired, and most recently as Interim President of Skyline Community College in San Bruno in 2019-2020.
This appointment represents a return to the Peralta District for Dr. Jackson. She first joined the District via College of Alameda in 2004 serving as Vice President of Instruction. In 2010 she was promoted to College of Alameda President and she served as President with distinction through 2013, when she left to become Chancellor at the neighboring Chabot-Los Positas Community College District.
Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss, Board of Trustees President, said, “I'm so grateful to Dr. Jackson for coming back to Peralta. She knows this community so well. Her proven experience as both educator and chief executive officer will certainly help Peralta continue the good progress we’ve made over the past year, on both our finances and our accreditation. We believe our faculty, staff, administration, and particularly our students will be well served by her thoughtful leadership.”
Dr. Jackson will begin serving the District immediately on a consulting basis. She will be working together with current Interim Chancellor Dr. Carla Walter, who announced that she will be stepping down for personal reasons as of April 15, 2021. This overlapping period is intended to facilitate a smooth leadership transition from Dr. Walter to Dr. Jackson, when Interim Chancellor Jackson assumes leadership on April 16.
"I’m so excited to be coming back to Peralta. I’ve been watching the Peralta District closely over the past few years,” said Dr. Jackson. “I’m impressed by the strides the District has made in addressing the concerns raised by FCMAT (Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team) back in 2019. I understand the feedback to the Colleges following the accreditation virtual site visits earlier this month was very positive, and that the latest fiscal year audit was clean and showed marked improvement over past audits. It’s clear that Peralta has made progress and is in a different and better space. I’m glad to do all I can to keep the District moving forward in service of students and a community that deserves excellence in education and career training.”
The District is currently conducting a nation-wide search for a permanent Chancellor. The search, being led by consultants AGB Search, is on a timeline to name a permanent Chancellor by July 1, 2021. People interested in learning more about this opportunity can visit the AGB Search site at https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/chancellor-peralta-community-college.