Peralta Community College District

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Coordinates: 37°47′38″N 122°15′32″W / 37.79389°N 122.25889°W / 37.79389; -122.25889

The Peralta Community College District is the community college district serving northern Alameda County, California. The district operates four community colleges: Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College in Oakland, and College of Alameda. From 1968 to 1988, non-contiguous Plumas County was part of the district, and Feather River College was operated by the district. Plumas County and Feather River College are now part of the Feather River Community College District. Although the district is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, it was placed on probation in early 2020 for severe financial problems.[1]


Merritt College opened as a general campus in 1954. It had been known as the Merritt School of Business, and along with what is now Laney College, was operated by the Oakland Unified School District as Oakland Junior College.

In 1963, the residents of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont voted to form a single community college district. The district began operations under the Peralta name on July 1, 1964. The Peralta name was selected because all of the cities of the district, now a part of the greater Oakland metropolitan region, are located on the original Spanish land grant for Sgt. Luís María Peralta dating from August 1820.

In 1965, a bond issue was passed which established a new downtown Oakland campus building for Laney College (opened in 1970), a new campus for Merritt College (opened in 1971) and the founding of the College of Alameda.

Berkeley City College was established in 1974 and operated under the name Vista Community College until 2006, when it began to operate from a permanent site.

Feather River College was operated by the Peralta CCD from 1968 to 1988, when Plumas County was de-annexed from the district; it now operates as the flagship campus of its own district.[2]

The Peralta district is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees elected by the public within the district boundaries. Two student members sit on the board, but only have "advisory votes."

As of October 1, 2020, Dr. Carla Walter serves as Interim Chancellor for the district.


The Peralta Community College District is governed by an elected seven-member board of trustees. The board meets twice a month with meetings open to the public and broadcast live on local radio, television stations, Peralta Colleges Television (PCTV), and Peralta's YouTube Channel.[3]


  • John W. Dunn (1964 – 1971)[4]
  • Clem Long (1971 – 1973)[4]
  • Thomas Fryer (1973 – 1978)[4]
  • Mav Tadlock (1978 – 1980)[4]
  • David Godhold (1980 – 1987)[4]
  • Armen Sarafian (1987 – 1988)[4]
  • Robert Scanell (1989 – 1955)[4]
  • A.J. Harrison (1995 – 1999)[4]
  • Ronald J. Temple (1999 – 2003)[4]
  • Elihu M. Harris (2004 – 2010)[4]
  • Wise Allen (2010 – 2012)[4]
  • Jose M. Ortiz (2012 – 2015)[4]
  • Jowel C. Lagurerre (2015 – 2019)[4]
  • Frances White (2019)[4]
  • Regina Stanback Stroud (2019 – 2020)[4]
  • Carla Walter (2020 – 2021)[4]
  • Jannett Jackson (2021 - present)[5]

See also[edit]

  1. ^ Asimov, Nanette (January 31, 2020). "Accreditors place troubled Peralta Community College District on probation". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Feather River College: History and Setting
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Chancellors: 1964 – present : Chancellor's Office". Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  5. ^ "Ex-CLPCCD chancellor Jackson named interim leader of Peralta Community College District". Pleasanton Weekly. Bay City News Service. Mar 28, 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.

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