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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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Peralta Trustees Approve Appointment of Greg Nelson as Deputy Chancellor & COO

OAKLAND, Calif., June 26, 2024 At their regular meeting last night, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Greg Nelson as Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 1, 2024.

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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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Classified Leadership Institute 2024 Conference in Riverside – June 5-7

The Peralta Community College District was well-represented at the Classified Leadership Institute 2024 Conference in Riverside from June 5th - 7th.

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District Service Center Employee Recognition – May 30, 2024

On Thursday, May 30th, the office of the Chancellor hosted a District Service Center Employee Appreciation event in the Atrium. Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson had the opportunity to recognize employees reaching significant milestones in their careers with the Peralta Community College District by presenting certificates for five, ten, fifteen years of service or more, culminating with 30 years of service awards going to Shawnee Martinez and Carmen Fairley.

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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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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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PCCD Hosts Contract Workshop

On April 25th, Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson hosted a workshop attended by over 50 stakeholders across the district involved in the contract process, including classified professionals, faculty, administrators, and outside legal counsel.

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