Peralta Community College District has appointed Leigh Sata as interim vice chancellor of general services.
Sata has over three decades of experience working in the architecture and education fields, including a long-time position where he managed capital projects and large bond programs for the California Community Colleges.
In this new role, Sata will oversee the Department of General Services, that offers centralized services to the community college district, such as facilities maintenance and operations, capital outlay, design and construction, facilities planning and development management and Peralta police services, according to a Peralta Community College District release.
“I’m thrilled the District has an exceptionally qualified facilities and bond program expert on board,” said Dr. Frances L. White, acting chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.
Most recently, Sata worked as senior director of capital projects at Santa Rosa Junior College. He also worked as an executive bond manager for Solano Community College and as a project executive and construction program manager for the Swinerton Management and Consulting team, where led project teams for clients like the San Mateo County College District, San Francisco Unified School District, Lycée Francais de San Francisco and San Mateo-Foster City School District.
Sata received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently an Ed.D. candidate at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.
He is also very active in his community, currently serving as an advisory board member for Nihonmachi Little Friends Pre-School. He also was vice chairman, board of directors for the French American International School in San Francisco.
Established in 1964, the California community college district is comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College. The district provides university transfer programs, certificates and two-year degrees to over 30,000 students each year.