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Chancellor's Announcement: Welcome COA President Melanie Dixon

Dear Peralta Colleagues,
Last week, I was thrilled to officially welcome Melanie Dixon to the Peralta Community College District family, as the new President of College of Alameda (COA).  We held a Meet and Greet at COA on Tuesday, July 16th, where faculty, classified professionals, administrators, and students had the opportunity to eat some tasty snacks, meet President Dixon, and learn more about her as a person.
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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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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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Peralta Community College District Seeks More Outstanding Leaders

OAKLAND, Calif., April 19, 2024 – The Peralta Community College District has opened a nationwide search to find ideal candidates to fill four leadership positions that will play a pivotal role in setting the future direction of the East Bay District.

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