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Administrative Profiles


Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz was appointed President of Merritt in January 2013. Prior to this appointment, she served as Vice President of Instruction for Mission College in Santa Clara and was employed for 17 years at Chabot College. As a resident of Hayward for the past 20 years, she is familiar with the challenges of urban and rural first- generation college students. She received an Associate of Arts degree from Hartnell College, in Salinas, both a B.A. and M.S. degrees from San Diego State University and, after working over 15 years in community colleges and beginning to raise a family, she returned to school to earn a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. Click here for full bio


Jeffrey Lamb, Ph.D.

Vice President of Instruction

Dr. Jeffrey Lamb was appointed as Vice President of Instruction at Merritt College, effective May 2, 2016. Prior to that, he was the Dean of the School of English and Foreign Languages at City College of San Francisco and because of this is familiar with building consensus and keeping the diverse needs of students at the core of decision-making in a large, complex, urban college.

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Dr. Arnulfo Cedillo

Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Cedillo began his assignment on July 14, 2014 following eight years of service at the College of Marin. In his role at the college, he had supervisory responsibilities over the health center, the Single Stop office and operations, the Veterans Services office, the associated students and related student clubs, the Puente Program, the emeritus program, and food services, plus budgetary and program responsibilities. In addition, he was a constant supporter of the Athletics Program. Click here for full bio


Roberta Kunkel

Dean of Academic Pathways and Student Success (Division II)


Dr. Rosemary Delia

Dean of Workforce Development and Applied Sciences

On January 26, 2016 the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Rosemary Delia, as Dean of Workforce Development & Applied Sciences (Division II) with more than 25 years of instructional and administrative experience on both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

She recently served as Curriculum Director of Language Arts for Oakland’s Mentoring Academy and as English Instructor for Maybeck High School in Berkeley. Prior to those posts, she served as Director of Chabot College’s first satellite campus, Chabot College-San Leandro Center, providing strategic vision and overall leadership for program development, public relations, and community outreach. In partnership with all levels of college faculty and administration, the Chabot College Foundation Board, and a full spectrum of San Leandro community and business organizations, she worked to develop the Center’s program of basic skills courses and workforce training. Click here for full bio.



Dr. Lilia Chavez

Dean of Special Programs and Grants
Dr. Lilia Chavez is Merritt’s new  Dean of Special Programs and Grants, as of April 13, 2016. She joined the college in 2014 as  the Director of Student Activities & Campus Life. She is a Chicana/Latina, Social and Spiritual Activist/Educator who seizes each opportunity to work with underrepresented, underprepared, and underserved communities. She has an extensive teaching and professional record. Dr. Chavez has worked as an educator, counselor, consultant, administrator, cultural broker, and spritual guide. Click here for full bio


Dr. Tina Vasconcellos

Dean of Academic Pathways and Success (Division I)
Dr. Tina Vasconcellos has been appointed to the position of Dean of Academic Pathways and Success, effective December 17, 2014. Tina has more than 20 years as an educator and 14 years within the Peralta District. In the last six years, she has served as a leader at Laney College where she was responsible for both academic and student services departments along with college-wide initiatives, including most recently SLO Assessment, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) implementation, as well as the Student Equity Plan development.  During her tenure as a faculty member, she taught psychology and counseling classes and developed the Social Services Paraprofessional and Community Health Worker associate and certificate programs at Berkeley City College. Click here for full bio

Director of Student Activities and Campus Life (Vacant)



Dr. Dativa (Dettie) Del Rosario

Director of Business and Administrative Services
Dr. Dativa (Dettie) Del Rosario joined Merritt College as the official Director of Business and Administrative Services, prior to serving in that role in an interim position. Dettie has been with the District for more than 15 years, most recently as an employee of the Peralta District Financial Services Office and brings with her a well-rounded experience in fiscal and accounting operations. She started in the Laney College Business Office, then on to the Bursar position at Berkeley City College, and then to the District Office, first as District Budget and Attendance Analyst, then Supervisor of Accounts Payable and Enrollment Management. Click here for full bio