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Butte College Names New President - Dr. Kimberly Perry

Dr. PerryNew President of Butte College Named
Dr. Kimberly Perry replaces retiring Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg

The Butte College Board of Trustees have selected Dr. Kimberly Perry as the next Superintendent/President of Butte College.

Perry, currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College, will become the sixth president of Butte College beginning July 1. She will replace Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg who will retire this July after serving as the College's president for eight years.

"The Butte College Board of Trustees is pleased to have selected a new president in Dr. Kimberly Perry who is committed to implementing a vision of a learning–centered institution through participatory governance," said Mike Boeger, president of the Butte College Board of Trustees. "Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg has successfully led the college for eight years and we are confident that Dr. Kimberly Perry has the vision, leadership and experience needed to succeed her."

Dr. Van Der Ploeg officially announced her plans to retire last Novemberand the Board of Trustees undertook a nationwide search to find her replacement. A 14-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee conducted the search which included representatives from the Board of Trustees, Butte College staff, faculty, students and community leaders who evaluated qualified applicants for the position.

After evaluating applicants, the committee forwarded two candidates to the Board, who conducted interviews in May. The Board voted unanimously in closed session to offer Perry the position, which she accepted.

"Serving as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Los Angeles City College/Community College District since July 2009, Dr. Kimberly Perry brings over 13 years of administrative and leadership expertise in higher education," said Boeger.

As the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College, Perry was instrumental in organizing and administering credit and non-credit instructional programs; community services; contract education; instructional support services; curriculum and program development; assessment and development of course, program, and institutional student learning outcomes; honors program; and basic skills initiatives. Perry worked to promote shared governance, working closely with faculty, staff and administration. Additionally, she chaired the enrollment management team, accreditation steering task force, and department chairs council.

Prior to her work at Los Angeles City College, Perry was the Vice President of Instruction for six years and Dean of Instruction for one year at Reedley College, located in the San Joaquin Valley. She also served as the administrator responsible for vocational education at the California Community College Chancellor's Office, the statewide director of the Ed-Net Biological Technologies Initiative, and the interim dean of Vocational and Applied Science at Mira Costa College.

She earned a doctorate of education in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Perry is an alumna from the University of California, Davis, receiving her master's degree in environmental education and a bachelor's degree in agricultural education.

"It will be a privilege to serve as the next Superintendent/President of the Butte-Glenn Community College District.  The dedication of the college's entire staff and the Board of Trustees to student success is exemplary, as is the focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship," said Perry. "I am committed to being a student-centered leader who motivates all staff to attract and retain students through excellence in academic and applied instruction, strong systems of student services and support, and dynamic student life programs and activities.  I would like to acknowledge President Diana Van Der Ploeg for her leadership during her tenure at Butte College. It is an honor to be her successor."

Perry began her career in education as a high school agriculture and natural resources instructor in California.She has an honorary American FFA Degree and is a life member of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization. She is also a member of the California Community College's Chief Instructional Officers, along with the California Community College Administrators.

She has lived in the Central Valley for over 22 years and has been active with many community organizations, including the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Daffodil Days. Perry's husband Ellis is a physician's assistant.

President Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg was pleased to learn a candidate of Dr. Perry's caliber had been named by the Board.

"I believe the Board has selected an excellent choice in Dr. Perry," said Butte College president, Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg. "She brings a deep understanding of California community colleges and will serve Butte College well," said Van Der Ploeg.

Van Der Ploeg also stated she was impressed with Perry's expertise working at urban and rural colleges and her strong background in academics.

Dr. Perry will assume her position as Superintendent/President on July 1, 2011.


Butte College ( serves over 22,000 students annually and offers over 100 certificate and degree programs in Butte and Glenn Counties. The college has the highest transfer rate to CSU, Chico and successfully transfers students to the California State University system, University of California system, and/or private universities.


Butte College provides quality education, services, and workforce training to students who aspire to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society. We prepare our students for life-long learning through the mastery of basic skills, the achievement of degrees and certificates, and the pursuit of career and transfer pathways.


Kimberly A. Perry


Doctorate. in Higher Educational Administration and Leadership, University of the Pacific, Stockton (2010)M.A. in Education, University of California, Davis (1984)B.S. in Agricultural Education, University of California, Davis (1979)


Vice President of Academic Affairs, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA (2009 – present)Vice President of Instruction, Reedley College, Reedley, CA (2003–2009)Dean of Instruction, Reedley College, Reedley, CA (2002-2003)Administrator, Vocational Education Services, Chancellor's Office – California Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA (2000-2002)Director, ED-Net Biological Technologies, Ventura College, Ventura, CA (1997-2000)Interim Dean, Vocational Education & Applied Science, Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA (1995-1996)Vocational Education Specialist, Chancellor's Office – California Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA (1994-1997)Postsecondary Team Leader, National FFA Center, Alexandria, VA (1993-1994)

Agriculture/Natural Resources Specialist, Chancellor's Office – California Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA (1988-1993)

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