Dr. Deborah Budd has been appointed Interim President of Berkeley City College, Chancellor Wise E. Allen announced. Budd has served as vice chancellor of educational services for the Peralta Community College District, which includes Berkeley City College, Laney College, Merritt College, and College of Alameda. Budd replaces Dr. Betty Inclan, who has served as Berkeley City College’s president since 2008 and will retire at the end of the spring 2012 semester.
Allen praised Inclan’s tenure at the college.
“I am very much appreciative of the outstanding work Dr. Inclan has done for over four years as President of Berkeley City College. Throughout her tenure there, she has worked forcefully to make it the outstanding institution of higher learning that it is,” he said. “All of us in the Peralta community are grateful to Dr. Inclan for the way she shaped Berkeley City into what it is today, and we wish her the best for her future.”
Budd, who begins her tenure on June 4, has more than 16 years of administrative and nine years of teaching experience.
“Dr. Budd is a talented and experienced educator and administrator,” Allen said. “She has a great deal of experience with enrollment management, grants, and facilities bond implementation and has worked with faculty to develop innovative programs to increase student success.”
Prior to working at Peralta’s district office, she served as vice president of instruction for Berkeley City College. Before moving to the Peralta district she was vice president of educational resources and instruction for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, and, prior to that, served for six years as the dean of applied health, physical education and community affairs for Chabot College.
In addition to her community college experience, Budd has been both a teacher and administrator at the middle and high school levels. Her recent dissertation, Institutional Effectiveness and the Relationship to African American and Latino Transfer Rates, highlights her extensive knowledge relating to the integration of planning and budgeting, accreditation, and suggestions for beginning to close the opportunity gap.
“Berkeley City College is an innovative and exciting place, and I’m thrilled to return to lead the faculty and staff and to partner with the city’s thriving business community,” Budd said. “I am committed to developing a student-centered environment that includes programs to address all students, and helps to increase the success of underrepresented populations.”
Budd received her bachelor’s degree in business economics and physical education from University of California at Santa Barbara, her master’s degree in education from Stanford University and her doctorate in educational leadership from San Francisco State University.
She and her family reside in Oakland.