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Employment History

Founding Member
Chief Instructional Officers of California Organization

Executive Vice President
Long Beach City College

Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Long Beach City College

Executive Vice President
Chaffey College

Vice President
Chaffey College

Executive Vice President
Long

Consultant
College Brain Trust

Brain Trust Member
College Brain Trust

Affiliations

Founder
Chaffey College

Founding and Charter Member
Association of Community College Administrators

Education


Political Science
University of California

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DONALD BERZ served 42 years in California at a number of higher education institutions including UC Berkeley. He served as a professor of Political Science, an assistant dean, an executive dean of a college, a vice chancellor, an acting chancellor, and he retired in June of 2004 after 15 years as Executive Vice President of Chaffey College, a community college of 20,000 students.
Don was a founding and charter member of the Association of Community College Administrators (ACCCA), and a founding member of the Chief Instructional Officers of California Organization. He served as its president and as a member of the Executive Board. He received in 1997 ACCCA's Administrative Excellence and Leadership Award along with numerous honors and recognition awards from such organizations as The American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of Higher Education, American Council on Education, and the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers Association. He has chaired seven Accreditation Visiting Teams for the Western Association Accrediting Commission for Colleges and Universities.
Donald received his higher education degrees in Political Science from the University of Colorado (Boulder), and from the University of California (Berkeley) in Political Science.


CBT: The College Brain Trust - Consultants - Donald B. Berz

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After receiving his higher education degrees in Political Science from the University of Colorado (Boulder), and from the University of California (Berkeley) in Political Science, Don has served 48 years in California at a number of higher education institutions, including UC Berkeley. He has served as a professor of Political Science, an assistant dean, an executive dean of a college, a vice chancellor, an acting chancellor, and he retired in June of 2004 after 15 years as Executive Vice President of Chaffey College, a community college of 20,000 students in California.
Don has engaged in a number of consultancy assignments for a variety of community colleges and has assisted in searches for filling executive level administrator positions at a number of colleges. A particular area for which he has garnered both statewide and national attention is the leadership he has provided for helping community colleges address their challenge of student success. He has assisted colleges in developing a "culture of evidence", refocusing their "energies" and resources, engaging in new and effective strategies for improving student achievement and thereby bringing about systemic change for transforming students' goals into outcomes.
Don recently retired as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Long Beach City College in California (a student body of approximately 30,000 students) where he has been providing leadership for developing and implementing the college's Student Success Initiative, which has earned for the college, the State of California's 2009 Student Success Award. When serving as the Executive Vice President, of Chaffey College he also provided the leadership for its Basic Skills Transformation Project, which in 2002 and in 2008 earned the California's Student Success Award, as well as the Exemplary Program Award sponsored by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.


2010-11 Carter Doran Leadership Award Recipient: Donald Berz

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2010-11 Carter Doran Leadership Award Recipient: Donald Berz

Those who know Don Berz know that he is a force of nature: a swirl of humor, compassion, loyalty, and fierceness. For more than forty years, Don has dedicated himself to the mission of the community college through leadership development, program development, and resource-building all aimed at improving student success.
At every college where Don has served, he has been a lightning rod for change. At Peralta District, Chaffey College, and Long Beach City College he has distinguished himself not just as an instructional leader, but as a visionary. He identified the need to focus on the issues facing so many underprepared learners entering the community college in the late nineties, while he was the Vice President at Chaffey College, where he launched a major campaign to refashion student success programming designed to accelerate and promote transfer and completion rates. Those efforts are still in force, even after his departure, which is a testament to his ability to not only change programs, but change a culture. His insight a decade ago into the need for colleges to focus on the needs of underprepared adult learners demonstrates that he anticipated the national trends long before the rest of the state or the rest of the nation. His insistence that colleges dedicate themselves to college readiness in order to strengthen and ensure the country's work force and standard of living was not only perceptive but prophetic.
In addition, Don has demonstrated a long career dedicated to the development of leadership. He was a founding member of ACCA and has invested his talents and wisdom in every dean with whom he has served by mentoring and advising them. Because of his long tenure as a Chief Instructional Officer, he has also mentored many executive leaders, some of whom are now chancellors and presidents throughout the nation. In truth, many of them still seek his guidance and advice.
Educators seek Don's support because of his laser-like skill at identifying the heart of an issue. While he is skillfully strategic, he is also humane and moral. His ethical compass is at the center of his professional and educational decisions, which makes his judgment, even when people disagree with it, almost irresistible.
Don Berz's contribution to the education of California's community college students cannot be overstated. In many ways, he is one of the architects of the student success movement currently dominating higher education, and his influence is likely to be felt for generations.


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Consultants A-C | Don Berz | Dona Boatright | Mike Brandy | Ed Buckley

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DONALD BERZ served 42 years in California at a number of higher education institutions including UC Berkeley. He served as a professor of Political Science, an assistant dean, an executive dean of a college, a vice chancellor, an acting chancellor, and he retired in June of 2004 after 15 years as Executive Vice President of Chaffey College, a community college of 20,000 students.
Don was a founding and charter member of the Association of Community College Administrators (ACCCA), and a founding member of the Chief Instructional Officers of California Organization. He served as its president and as a member of the Executive Board. He received in 1997 ACCCA's Administrative Excellence and Leadership Award along with numerous honors and recognition awards from such organizations as The American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of Higher Education, American Council on Education, and the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers Association. He has chaired seven Accreditation Visiting Teams for the Western Association Accrediting Commission for Colleges and Universities.
Donald received his higher education degrees in Political Science from the University of Colorado (Boulder), and from the University of California (Berkeley) in Political Science,

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