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Lifelong Resident, Business-woman and Educator Announces Candidacy for SBCCD Board of Trustees

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Retired Crafton Hills College President Gloria Macías Harrison has announced her candidacy for the November election for the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) Board of Trustees. Community activities in support of the campaign will begin after the Labor Day Holiday, but those interested in volunteering or contributing to the campaign are encouraged to contact the Committee at (909) 800-3286 or to visit the website, MaciasHarrison4Trustee.com. Macίas Harrison brings a unique perspective to her candidacy, having spent her professional career as an educator in the SBCCD, in addition to founding and continuing to serve as publisher of a number of weekly newspapers serving the Inland Empire.

Raised in San Bernardino and an alumna of San Bernardino Valley College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of California at Riverside. Macίas Harrison began her career in academia as a professor of Spanish, spending 24 years in the classroom before she moved into educational administration. She served as the Dean of Humanities at San Bernardino Valley College, then Vice President of Instruction at Crafton Hills College, prior to her appointment as President, where she served from 2000 to 2012. Macίas Harrison is also the founder/owner publisher of the El Chicano Community Newspaper, and co-owner/co-publisher of the Colton Courier, Rialto Record, Inland Empire Weekly and Sun Newspaper Group. A first-time candidate for public office, she pledges to make sound policy decisions that emphasize providing quality education and training opportunities to the most students possible while implementing efficient oversight of the district administration. Known throughout her career for always considering students first, she is committed to making the most of limited resources in these challenging times by the effective use of every tax dollar. Gloria Macias Harrison, in her campaign statement, said, “As an educator and business owner, I am uniquely qualified to be a trustee.

I know firsthand that our future depends on providing our students with quality opportunities for higher education and training.

I am a testament to this belief - without my education I would not have been able to form IECN weekly newspapers. My education, in concert with running a successful small business, has taught me to manage money and to maximize limited resources. A continuingly active force in the community, Macias Harrison was a governor’s appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and served on the California Council for the Humanities and on numerous state committees on education. Locally, she is a member and past chair of The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, a member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Yucaipa and of Greater San Bernardino, a member of the San Bernardino Symphony Association and Guild, a board member of Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino counties, and secretary of the Crafton Hills College Foundation.

She also belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Association of University Women, the Hispanic Council of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and the Association of California Community College Administrators. She is the recipient of numerous awards. For additional information, please contact Gloria Macias Harrison at (909) 800-3286 or by email at gloharrison@me.com

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