Tram Vo-Kumamoto, has been named Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College, Dr. Deborah Budd, president, announced.
Ms. Kumamoto, who most recently served as Dean of Science and Mathematics at Chabot College (Hayward), has 20 years of professional experience in a variety of educational systems.
“Ms. Kumamoto’s experience will be a tremendous asset to the college,” Dr. Budd said. “As a dean at Chabot College, Ms. Kumamoto focused on creating cohort programs that integrated academic support and student services. They fostered customized, individually focused pathways which allowed more students to complete degrees in pre-allied health majors, as well as in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs.”
Ms. Kumamoto’s background in a variety of educational posts has prepared her well for her new position at Berkeley City College. She has worked as an educator in early childhood development, the K-12 system, at community colleges and at four-year universities.
“I am delighted to be part of Berkeley City College,” she said. “The college is committed providing the best educational opportunities to our community and we will continue to develop programs to prepare our students for transfer and for the demands of a variety of occupational environments.”
Her experience working with a variety of age groups and learning styles provided her with a wide range of experience and has molded her into an educational leader who creates developmentally appropriate, equitable and integrated educational programs to better serve diverse populations.
Ms. Kumamoto earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and social welfare from UC Berkeley. She also holds a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in higher education from California State University, East Bay.
Active in professional and community activities, Ms. Kumamoto is a member of the Community College League of California’s Commission on the Future. She also serves on the board of directors of Oakland’s East Bay Agency for Children Auxiliary Group.