New Presidents at Berkeley City and Merritt Colleges

Dr. Deborah Budd

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galavizx

Dr. José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, has named Dr. Deborah Budd to lead Berkeley City College and Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz to be the next president of Merritt College. Dr. Budd is currently interim president at Berkeley City, and Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz is vice president of instruction at Mission College. “Dr. Budd and Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz are both accomplished administrators who will bring much to their leadership roles at the colleges,” said Chancellor Ortiz. Dr.  Budd has over 16 years of administrative experience and nine years of teaching experience. She served over the past four years as the vice chancellor of Educational Services and as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Peralta Community College District. Prior to coming to Peralta, she was vice president of Educational Resources and Instruction for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and worked for six years as the dean of Applied Health, Physical Education and Community Affairs at Chabot College in Hayward. Dr. Budd received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and Physical Education from UC Santa Barbara, her Master’s in Education from Stanford University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University. Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz has served since 2008 as vice president of Instruction for Mission College of the West Valley Mission Community College District. She was employed for 17 years at Chabot College and also worked at Cabrillo and Hartnell Community Colleges holding various academic and student services positions, from psychology instructor, counselor, Special Student Services dean to Social Sciences Division dean. She holds a Doctorate in Education-Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, a Master of Science Degree in counseling, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University and an Associates of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell. Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz is a member of National Hispana Leadership Institute, Association of California Community College Administrators, Silicon Valley Education Committee, California Community College Chief Instructional Administrators and the Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. State Senator Ellen Corbett recently recognized Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz for her outstanding service to the Latino community.
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