By Keith Burbank
Bay City News Service
Contract negotiations are beginning with Carla Walter to become the interim chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, district officials announced Friday.
Walter has been acting chancellor since July 18 following the departure of Regina Stanback Stroud.
At a special board meeting Wednesday is when the board made the decision to begin negotiations.
“Dr. Carla Walter’s background in both education and finance is critical to the District’s path forward in improving our fiscal health,” said Board of Trustees President Julina Bonilla.
“Serving as Acting Chancellor, the appointment of Dr. Walter as Interim Chancellor allows the District to maintain a seamless transition in CEO leadership as the Board initiates the permanent Chancellor search,” she said.
Over a year ago, an audit was done that showed the district had a structural deficit, district spokesman Mark Johnson said. District leadership was given 75 things that needed to be addressed.
Since then the district has addressed 73 and now faces a low risk of insolvency, according to Johnson.
“Things are not perfect, he said, but “we’ve turned things around.”
Friday’s announcement comes after an expedited search process that began in July with input from students, staff, faculty, administrators and the community.
Before becoming acting chancellor, Walter was vice chancellor of finance and administration for the college district, one of the reasons for her choice to be interim chancellor, Johnson said.
District officials hope to put Walter’s contract before the public and up for approval at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.
The Peralta Community College District is comprised of four schools: Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Berkeley City College in Berkeley and the College of Alameda in Alameda
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