Members of the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees have voted to appoint Elñora Tena Webb, Ph.D. as the new president of Laney College. The appointment comes after an extensive national search that identified a number of talented candidates who were considered by the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees, and the internal and external Laney communities.
Dr. Webb will take on the post on July 1, 2010. She has been serving as the Acting Laney College President since January 2010.
“High quality education is the most efficient means to assure transformation of lives, families, communities, and the society in sustainable and healthy ways,” said Dr. Webb. “I am committed to providing the highest academic opportunity to all students, especially those who have historically been locked out of sound educational resources.”
During her tenure of acting president, Dr. Webb led the development of the 2010 Laney College Educational Master Plan, a multi‐year roadmap to guide the historic Oakland institution’s growth and development. She also played a critical role in the College’s recent accreditation reaffirmation.
Her strategic advocacy in educational equity is exemplified in Laney’s active participation in the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative. Partnering with local organizations — including East Bay Asian Youth Center, Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools, Prescott Joseph, Youth Rising, and Urban Strategies Council — and in partnership with her colleagues across the Peralta Colleges, Dr. Webb is helping to lead the creation of high-quality, comprehensive projects that transform and improve educational outcomes for East Bay children.
To further her vision of shared solutions for improved communities, Dr. Webb is active in numerous cultural and civic activities. She has joined the City of Oakland, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Oakland Museum of California, and residents of Oakland downtown and Chinatown in the Lake Merritt BART Station neighborhood redevelopment efforts. She is a member of the American Indian Child Resource Center Board. Actively, she supports the African American Chamber of Commerce and Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Dr. Webb recently became a member of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board.
A veteran Laney administrator, Dr. Webb served as the Laney College Vice President of Instruction from 2005 – 2009, and Dean of Humanities, Language Arts & Social Sciences from 2002 – 2005.
Throughout her 30+ year career as an educator, Dr. Webb has served in a range of instructional, student services, research, and administrative roles within all systems of higher education in California. Those institutions included the Peralta Community College District, University of California at Berkeley and at Riverside, California State University at Sonoma, Stanford University, and Contra Costa Community College District.
Dr. Webb was a member of the Community College Leadership program at U.C. Berkeley and completed her Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Higher Education Administration/Policy. She also completed all coursework in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Ph.D. program of the Haas School of Business. She received a Master degree in Educational Administration from the San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Education from U.C. Riverside.
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