College of Alameda president leaving for new job

College of Alameda president leaving for new job

Michele Ellson
Jannett N. Jackson

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson is leaving the College of Alameda. Contributed photo.

Updated at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday, May 28

College of Alameda President Dr. Jannett N. Jackson has been offered the post of chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. The community college district’s board announced May 21 that they had voted to offer Jackson the job, and that they expected to approve her contract in June.

Jackson was one of two finalists to replace Joel Kinnamon, who announced he was leaving a year ago to run College of the Desert near Palm Springs.

Jackson was selected as interim president of the College of Alameda since July 2010 and was named president the following year. She is just wrapping up the second year of her three-year contract.

Her departure will leave the college without a single top-level manager. Its last vice president of student services, Kerry Compton, retired in July 2012, and Vice President of Instruction Duncan Graham announced he was leaving for personal reasons after less than a year in the job, a source who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on behalf of the college said.

Peralta Community College District Chancellor José M. Ortiz said Tuesday that he was surprised by Jackson's departure.

"I'm sorry to see her go. She was doing a good job at College of Alameda," Ortiz said.

Ortiz said Peralta's leaders haven't yet determined who will fill any of the college's top three roles but that they expect to put interim leaders in place while permanent replacements are sought. He said Jackson had offered the student services job to someone but that person chose to take another job elsewhere.

"We're kind of in flux. But I look at this as an opportunity to bring in some new people," Ortiz said.

Jackson has nearly three decades of experience with community colleges, including six as dean of the Learning Resources Center at Fresno City College and another six as the College of Alameda’s vice president of instruction. She is also a retired colonel with the California Army National Guard.

The Chabot-Las Positas District includes two community colleges, Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore.