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Chancellor's Announcement: New Leadership at Peralta

Dear Peralta District Community,
I’m excited to provide an update on the   leadership changes announced at the end of February.
On July 1, we welcomed Greg Nelson as our new Chief Operating Officer and Abdul Pridgen as our new Interim Executive Director of Public Safety. Both have hit the ground running, bringing with them a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective. I appreciate the college presidents and their leadership teams facilitating our campus visits last week. Thank you to everyone who greeted us, helped with tours, and extended genuine goodwill. I’m incredibly proud of our colleges and the district service center, and it was a pleasure to share that pride with Greg and Abdul.
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Abdul Pridgen to Join PCCD as Interim Executive Director of Public Safety and Security

Dear Peralta Community, 
As I shared back in April, we’ve initiated a broader exploration into strategies and options that will support our long-term strategic vision for public safety.  Given prominent concerns around safety and security in my districtwide listening sessions and the foundational leadership of the Holistic Safety and Wellness Committee, we are poised to articulate a transformative and holistic plan for safety and security that centers our District’s mission and vision, and the Board’s June 2021 Resolution Renewing Support for the Holistic Safety and Wellness of District Students.

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In Memoriam: Former Chancellor Dr. Donald Godbold, Belinda VanBuhler, and Earvin Robinson

On May 25th, former Peralta Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Donald H. Godbold, passed away. He was 95 years old.

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Chancellor's Announcement: Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Finalists and Public Forums

Updated June 26, 2024, to add Feedback and video links.
Updated June 21, 2024, Finalist Veronica Hodge Thomas has withdrawn from consideration. The original Forum times have been adjusted accordingly. 
Dear Peralta Colleagues,
Thanks to the Search Committee which consists of representatives from our classified professionals, faculty, and administrators -- they have recommended strong finalists for consideration as our next Vice Chancellor of Human Resources (VCHR). The finalists and their short biographies are listed in alphabetical order by last name below.
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Greg Nelson Selected as Chief Operating Officer

Dear Peralta Community,   
Thank you to all who participated in the selection process for the Peralta Community College District's next Chief Operating Officer (CCO). I am pleased to share that I have selected Greg Nelson as our next COO, pending the Board of Trustees' formal approval of his contract. His start date will be July 1, 2024.
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Chancellor Announcement: Chief Operating Officer Finalists and Public Forums

Update June 13, 2024

Zoom recording links and Feedback Form links have been removed as the deadline for feedback has now passed.

Update June 10, 2024

Zoom recording links have been added.

Updated June 9, 2024

Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker has withdrawn from consideration.  The forums will proceed on Monday, June 10th, following the revised schedule below.


Dear Peralta Community,

I am pleased to announce that the Search Committee has identified finalists for consideration as our next Chief Operating Officer (COO). The finalists are listed in alphabetical order below along with their biographical information.

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Melanie Dixon to be the Next College of Alameda President

Dear College of Alameda and Peralta Community,  
As we close this graduation season of celebration for our students and colleges, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of you who make the Peralta Colleges a beacon of hope and positive transformation for the communities, families, and individuals we serve.  
With an eye on continuously strengthening our institutions to be ever-better community stewards, I am excited to share that Melanie Dixon will join the College of Alameda as President, beginning July 1, pending formal ratification of her contract by the Board of Trustees in June.
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Congratulations to the Flying Pig Award Winners

The Peralta Colleges are home to many extraordinary individuals who consistently exceed expectations in their service to students, employees, and the community. The whimsically named "Flying Pig Awards" were established to celebrate such achievements – those that defy expectations and embody the true spirit of Peralta.

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Natasha Masand Wins 2024 Chancellor's Award

The Peralta Community College District’s Chancellor’s Trophy Award is a district-wide award designed to recognize and honor outstanding students whose scholarship, sense of civic responsibility, and leadership give the most promise of future success and service to their community. The winner is selected from four finalists, who are the President’s Medallion winners from each college.

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Chancellor's Announcement: Brief Organizational Update and Upcoming Events as of April 22, 2024

Chancellor Gilkerson recorded a short video update on organizational alignments and upcoming events.  You can watch her message on Peralta's YouTube channel or by clicking the video below.
A transcript is provided below.
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