College of Alameda gets interim president

College of Alameda gets interim president

Michele Ellson
Dr. Eric V. Gravenberg

A seasoned administrator will be stepping up to serve as the College of Alameda's interim president. Dr. Eric V. Gravenberg is set to assume his new role on July 15.

Gravenberg is a nationally recognized enrollment management expert with a 38-year career in education. He's currently serving as Merritt College's vice president of student services and has held posts that include California State University's statewide director for student affirmative action, associate vice president for enrollment management at Howard University, vice president of Noel Levitz, a higher education consulting firm specializing in enrollment management, and enrollment and admissions posts at the University at California, Riverside and California State University, Sacramento.

An online bio lists Gravenberg's research focus as the educational aspirations of African American and Latino males who recently completed an appointment on the California Department of Education's advisory committee for African Americans. It says Gravenberg has coached and mentored senior executives and other managers.

Gravenberg will replace Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, who has officially been named chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. Jackson, who has served as the College of Alameda’s president for three years and has three decades of community college experience, is set to begin her new job on July 29.

He'll serve as interim president while a formal search for a new, permanent president is being conducted, Peralta Community College District spokesman Jeffrey Heyman said.

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