(San Jose, Calif.) —Dr. Deborah Budd, who was named chancellor of San José – Evergreen Community
College District in 2015, is scheduled to retire this summer. Budd announced recently that her last day as
SJECCD chancellor will be July 17, 2018, and her retirement was approved by the SJECCD board of trustees at
its April 24 meeting.
Budd oversaw numerous milestones during her time at SJECCD, including development of the San José
Promise; the passage of Measure X, a $748 million bond that was approved by voters in 2016; the opening of
the San José – Evergreen Community College Extension at Milpitas, creation of the District’s Center for
Economic Mobility, enhanced dual enrollment agreements with area high schools, implementation of the
Guided Pathways student success framework at San José City College (SJCC) and Evergreen Valley College
(EVC), and increases in both enrollment and transfer throughout the District.
During her tenure as chancellor, SJECCD also saw the accreditation of both EVC and SJCC reaffirmed, opened
SparkPoint Centers on both college campuses, and expanded partnerships with other education entities,
business, and industry in the Silicon Valley.
“It has been a distinct honor and pleasure to serve our students and this wonderful community,” Chancellor
Budd said. “I am enormously proud of the District’s commitment to its values of Opportunity, Equity, and
Social Justice, and I know the work we do transforms the lives of our students and their families will continue
to move forward. Through our strong partnerships with business and industry throughout the region, we will
continue to serve as the equity engine of the Silicon Valley.”
“Our students, faculty, staff, and administrators are remarkable,” Chancellor Budd added. “It has been a joy to
see our incredible progress during my time at SJECCD, and I am retiring this summer with a profound sense of
gratitude for having been a part of the District during such an incredible period.”
Mayra Cruz, president of the SJECCD board of trustees, noted Dr. Budd’s leadership. “I want to thank
Chancellor Budd for her outstanding work and visionary leadership during her tenure as SJECCD chancellor,”
Trustee Cruz said. “Chancellor Budd came to us as a leader committed to transforming our institutions, the lives
of students, and our community. She has embodied the values of Opportunity, Equity, and Social Justice. The
board of trustees is grateful for her many successes and wishes her well as she embarks upon the next chapter of
her life. SJECCD is now poised for success and greater growth thanks to Chancellor Budd.”
Another area where Dr. Budd has provided leadership is in succession planning, and the SJECCD board of
trustees has named Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland—current San José City College president—as interim chancellor
for the 2018 – 2019 academic year while it conducts a search for the District’s next chancellor.
“We are very fortunate to have a visionary and transformative leader in President Breland to serve as chancellor
in an interim capacity during the 2018 – 2019 academic year,” Trustee Cruz said. “Having such a great
candidate already in the District will ensure a smooth transition as we move into the next phase for SJECCD.
The board is grateful for President Breland’s willingness to step into this new role and we are certain that he
will build upon our recent successes and continue the upward trajectory of the District.”
Dr. Clift Breland has served as SJCC president since 2013. He has held numerous instructional and
administrative positions in K-12 and higher education. His innovative leadership has positioned San Jose City
College amongst the top institutions in the nation in career education and workforce preparation. He has also
worked to develop partnerships in Silicon Valley that provide meaningful educational and job training
experiences for the diverse student body of SJCC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in consumer
economics and a Master of Science degree in family studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, as
well as a Master of Science in education and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, both from the University of
“I am thankful to the board of trustees for placing their confidence in me to be the next chancellor of San José –
Evergreen Community College District,” said Dr. Clift Breland. “I am honored to have the opportunity to
continue working alongside my colleagues in service to our students and the entire community and I am grateful
for the work that has been done by the Board, Dr. Budd, and the faculty and staff to ensure that the District is
well-positioned for this next chapter."
Dr. Clift Breland’s post as SJECCD's interim chancellor is scheduled to begin July 1, 2018.