Dr. Debbie Budd, Interim President

President’s Welcome

I am so happy to return to Berkeley City College! The vibrant campus culture and diverse student population, with socially engaged learning communities is where you can successfully pursue your educational and career goals.  At BCC you work together with your instructors, tutors, and peers to develop the knowledge and skills you need to transfer to top-rated universities or to thrive in your chosen career. Our student-focused curriculum allows you to take advantage of the many support services that are available to help you reach your goals. BCC students experience some of the state’s highest transfer rates to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, as well as transfer to San Francisco State University, California State University East Bay and many other public and private universities.

Here, you can choose from majors in a variety of areas, including American Sign Language, Accounting, Art, Biotechnology, Business, Computer Information Systems, English, Global Studies, Liberal Arts, Multimedia Arts, Public and Human Services, Spanish, and Teacher Education. In addition, Berkeley City College offers 18 programs with guaranteed transfers to university, 23 career education programs, and over 100 degree and transfer programs. All will prepare you for employment, enhance your skills or allow you to continue your education at a four-year university. We can proudly say we have the second-highest rate of transfer to UC Berkeley in the state.

Come visit our campus. You can stop by the college’s Welcome Center on the first floor at 2050 Center St., weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and meet with a Student Ambassador, who will introduce you to our campus community. I look forward to welcoming you into our Berkeley City College circle!



Dr. Debbie Budd is the Interim President of Berkeley City College. She most recently served as the Chancellor of the San José-Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). Dr. Budd is recognized for her passion for educational excellence, leveraging collaborative partnerships, and opening channels of communication to ensure equitable student outcomes. Her educational career spans more than 30 years in both community college and K-12 teaching and administration.

During her tenure as SJECCD Chancellor, Dr. Budd has led the District’s successful effort to pass a $748 million bond as well as a successful accreditation effort that saw both of the District’s colleges have their accreditation reaffirmed. Dr. Budd believes that community colleges are the equity engine that will diversify the workforce and enhance economic equity.

As an experienced educational leader, Dr. Budd combines innovation, research, and effective management with genuine respect for faculty and classified professionals to address the opportunity gap in higher education by providing seamless pathways to career and transfer. She has served as a guest lecturer and mentor for the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at San Francisco State University. Her research on Institutional Effectiveness and the Relationship to African American and Latino Transfer Rates highlights her extensive knowledge and practice on the integration of planning and budgeting, accreditation, and student success programs. Dr. Budd has overseen the construction of numerous new educational facilities to support enrollment growth and student success.

Prior to serving as SJECCD Chancellor she was President of Berkeley City College. Previously, Dr. Budd was Vice Chancellor for the Peralta Community College District; Vice President of Educational Resources and Instruction for Foothill College; and Dean at Chabot College. Dr. Budd holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business Economics and Physical Education from University of California at Santa Barbara, her Master’s in Education from Stanford University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

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