Interim Chancellor steps down after eight months on the job, cites “personal reasons”

Dr. Carla Walter, Interim Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD), unexpectedly resigned her position today citing “personal reasons” and listing her accomplishments over the past 8 months. The resignation will take effect April 15. (Photo courtesy of PCCD’s YouTube channel.)

March 17, 2021

By Jacquelyn Opalach (Features Editor), David Rowe (Associate Editor) and Luke Wrin Piper (Managing Editor)

Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Interim Chancellor Dr. Carla Walter announced today that she is resigning her post as both interim chancellor and as vice chancellor of finance and administration, effective April 15, after eight months on the job. 

Walter’s contract as interim chancellor was recently extended until June 30, 2021, with her previous contract expiring on February 28, 2021. Walter had been appointed to the position of interim chancellor on October 1, 2020.

Walter was appointed as Acting Chancellor on July 18, 2020. She was appointed as the Interim Chancellor by the Board of Trustees on September 29, 2020. Walter was presumed to be a candidate for the full-time Chancellor role. The district is in the middle of the search process for that position and selected AGB Search on January 12 of this year to help manage the process. 

In a March 17 message to students, faculty and staff, Board President Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss cited “personal reasons” as the basis for Walter’s resignation. 

The message went on to tout progress in several areas during Walter’s time as interim chancellor including the district’s financial stability, support of college and district leadership, internal evaluation efforts in regards to accreditation and working with Cambridge West to increase data integrity.

Walter’s resignation comes at a time when Peralta is being closely watched by California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. CCC Vice Chancellor for Communications Paul Feist told The Citizen on March 17 that Oakley will address Walter’s resignation in a report to the Board of Governors this Monday, March 22, but “has no comment at this time.”

After former chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud resigned abruptly in July and Walter took her place, Oakley told the district to hire a permanent chancellor by March of 2021, with a state takeover potentially at stake. Although that goal has not been met, a nationwide search for the district’s next leader is currently in motion.

No special board of trustees meeting has been called in order to pick a new interim chancellor. The decision is set to be made at the next coming regular board of trustees meeting on March 23. 

This is a developing story. We will update this page as new information comes in.