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Tammeil Gilkerson to be next PCCD Chancellor

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Update 11/13/23: Yohannes responded to The Citizen’s request for comment on 11/1/23. This article has been updated to include her comment.
Editor’s note: The Citizen published an editorial Saturday endorsing Gilkerson for chancellor.

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD)’s Board of Trustees announced Tammeil Gilkerson as the district’s next chancellor today. Gilkerson is anticipated to step into the role Jan. 1, pending contract negotiation and approval.

Gilkerson is no stranger to Peralta, having served as Laney College President from 2017 to 2020. Currently, she serves as President of Evergreen Valley College in San Jose. This is her first appointment to a chancellorship position.

In a PCCD press release, Gilkerson commented on the significance of being selected to lead Peralta.

“I call Oakland my home, and my roots run deep in the East Bay. These communities, our communities, hold immense significance for me,” Gilkerson said. “Within Peralta, I see a wealth of brilliance and remarkable progress happening at the colleges and across the district.”

In an Oct. 24 interview with The Citizen, Gilkerson shared that her top three priorities are restoring trust with presidents and constituency groups, building relationships with trustees, and addressing enrollment and fiscal challenges.

When asked for comment, Board President Dyana Delfín-Polk told The Citizen, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Dr. Gilkerson come back to our campuses. She is a really strong leader, and we are looking forward to working with her throughout Peralta Colleges.”

The Board of Trustees held two closed session meetings Monday and Tuesday to deliberate between the four finalists for the chancellor position. The board eventually voted 6-1 to appoint Gilkerson, with Trustee Sheweet Yohannes as the sole dissenter.

When asked for comment, Yohannes told The Citizen, “Based on the qualitative and quantitative data that I gathered, that we all basically had apart from the additional board interviews, my interpretation led me to that response. Besides that, I’ve actually never personally worked with her. I hear amazing things, and I can’t wait to get pro-active.”

The chancellor serves as the highest appointed position in the district, working directly under the board. Their duties include planning the district’s budgets, overseeing hiring decisions, and being the face of the district in different settings.

Gilkerson will still need to negotiate a contract with the district, outlining her compensation, length of term, start date, and other aspects of her position. She’s expected to take office Jan. 1, following the end of Interim Chancellor Jannett Jackson’s term in December. Jackson’s current annual salary is $350,000 before benefits and other pay, according to her 2021 contract.

The decision marks PCCD’s first permanent chancellor appointment since the 2019 appointment of Regina Stanback Stroud, who resigned in July 2020. In 2021, PCCD conducted a search for a permanent chancellor, and narrowed the choices down to three finalists. However, the board ultimately chose to extend Jackson’s interim appointment through December 2023.

About the Contributors
Sam O'Neil
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor
Full of ambition, this is Sam’s second semester at Laney and as Associate Editor of The Citizen. Stumbling into the journalism class in Fall 2023 thinking it was a basic news writing class, he quickly fell in love with the craft, and became obsessed with anything related to Peralta and its community. He currently holds the proud badge of attending every single PCCD Board of Trustees meeting since he started here.
Leo Premnath-Ray
Leo Premnath-Ray, Investigations Reporter
Leo Premnath-Ray (any pronouns) is a current Peralta student. They finished high school three days before they took their first college class and spent that last weekend taking part in their two favorite activities: re-reading one of their favorite books (in this case, 'In Sensorium' by Tanais) and panic-sewing. As someone who grew up in Berkeley, they are very grateful for the rich community history within the Bay Area. They are interested in exploring the political aspect of that history and how it interacts with the present.
Ian Waters
Ian Waters, News Editor
Ian Waters is a Bay Area native, who has lived in the East Bay his entire life. He is interested in how and why things are designed, which often manifests in a passion for playing and analyzing games. He often fails to focus on a singular subject for long, reading to a plethora of interests such as reading, movies, and thinking about (but never acting) purchases of spices. In addition to The Citizen, he also writes play reviews for Theatrius.
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    JillianOct 31, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    This is better news for Evergreen Valley College than it is for PCCD. She will no longer be the President of Evergreen Valley College. Hooray! With Tammeil’s departure, hopefully there will be a completely new slate of administrators at Evergreen Valley College. Hopefully, Matais Pouncil and Robert Gutierrez will follow her to PCCD. Evergreen Valley College would be a much happier place if these two men were no longer there.

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