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College of Alameda selects interim president

Submitted by on 1, June 16, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

Dr. Jannett Jackson. Contributed photo.

A longtime administrator and military veteran will be taking the helm of the College of Alameda for the next year.

The Peralta Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Jannett Jackson, who has been the college’s vice president of instruction since 2004, to serve as interim president until July 2011, or until a permanent president is selected.

“This year marks the beginning of College of Alameda’s 40th year of providing services to the community. I feel that we are poised to redefine ourselves, to expand our involvement in workforce training programs, to raise the bar on academic excellence and student success, and enhance our collaboration with community and civic organizations,” Jackson was quoted as saying in a release on her promotion to the post.

“None of these tasks takes additional funds, only time and commitment, but they can reap enormous rewards. I am excited about the possibilities and I’m glad to be a part of it,” Jackson said.

Jackson has a Ph.D. in educational administration with an emphasis in information technology from the Community College Leadership Program of the University at Texas, Austin and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and master’s in education from California State University, Fresno. Prior to coming to Alameda, she served six years as associate dean of instruction at Fresno City College.

She also served nearly three decades in the military, including eight months as a company commander in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War and a 2005-2005 stint as a colonel in Iraq commanding the 40th Infantry Division Mechanized, Corps Support Group. When she retired, she was the California Air National Guard’s highest-ranking African American woman and its only African American brigade commander.

As vice president of public instruction, Jackson has been in charge of the college’s instructional programs, plus the library, instructional computing, audio-visual and media services departments. She also chairs several campus committees. Jackson is also on the board of the West Alameda Business Association and Alameda Family Services.

She takes over for George Herring, who is retiring after running the college for the last two years.

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