Dr. Baca was elected to the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees in 1999 and reelected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 and has served multiple terms as its president. He teaches political science at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, where he has also served as dean and interim president. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Baca served as president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, which sets policy, establishes regulations, and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 112 colleges statewide. He also served on the CCC System Strategic Plan Steering Committee and the Student Success Task Force, which led to the formulation and passage of the Student Success Act of 2012. Dr. Baca holds a PhD in Education from USC.
Thomas Bailey, Director, Community College Research Center
Dr. Bailey is the George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to CCRC, he directs two National Centers funded by the Institute for Education Sciences: the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment and the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. By appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Education, he chairs the Committee on Measures of Student Success. Dr. Bailey and the CCRC won the Terry O’Banion Prize for Teaching and Learning in 2013. He is an AERA Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Education. He holds a PhD in Economics from MIT.
Helen Benjamin, Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District
In her 11th year as chancellor, Dr. Benjamin came to CCCCD in 1990 as Dean of Language Arts and Humanistic Studies at Los Medanos College. She has since held progressively higher level positions including District Vice Chancellor, Educational Programs and Services, interim President of Los Medanos College and President of Contra Costa College. Dr. Benjamin earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman’s University. She serves as immediate past chair of the California Community College League board of directors, as a member of the President’s Round Table, an affiliate organization of the National Council on Black American Affairs, and on President Obama’s Commission on the Future.
Julie Bruno, President, Executive Committee, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Professor Bruno has been a member of the faculty of Sierra College since 2000. During her tenure with the ASCCC, she has served as both secretary and area representative, and has chaired numerous committees, including those focused on curriculum, accreditation, and operational oversight. She has also co-chaired the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum and served as a member of the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates. She is president of the Academic Senate Foundation for Community Colleges. Prior to her career in academia, Professor Bruno was an office manager in the legal field in San Francisco. She returned to college to earn her Master in Communication Studies degree from San Francisco State University.
Larry Galizio, President and CEO, Community College League of California
Before joining the League, Dr. Galizio served as president of Clatsop Community College (Oregon) and as director of strategic planning for the Chancellor’s Office of the Oregon University System. He served in the Oregon Legislature from 2004-2009, where he chaired the Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee and co-chaired the Capital Construction Subcommittee. From 1993 to 2009, he was a full-time faculty member of Portland Community College, where for a decade he directed the Speech and Debate Program. He is co-author of ElementsofParliamentaryDebate: AGuidetoPublicArgument, and holds a PhD from Portland State University’s School of Urban and Public Affairs.
Brice W. Harris, Chancellor Emeritus, California Community Colleges
Dr. Harris was named Chancellor of the California system in 2012 and retired in 2016. Prior to that he served 16 years as chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, president of Fresno City College and a faculty member and vice chancellor in the Kansas City, Missouri community college system. Dr. Harris has spent his career working to improve student success and access in American community colleges. He is a recognized leader on national education issues, currently serving on the board of the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C. He is past chairman of the board of the California Community College Chief Executive Officers, member of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, and a former commissioner of the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges.
Douglas B. Houston, Chancellor, Yuba Community College District
Dr. Houston is the former Superintendent/President of Lassen College and previously held administrative positions at Butte College and Barstow College. He also served as the commander of various military units and has taught full- and part-time at the community college and university level, including as a Physics Professor at West Point. He serves on the California Community Colleges’ Economic Development Policy Advisory Committee, the Boards of NextEd (the Sacramento area P-20 Council) and SACTO (the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization), and on the Advisory Committees for the UC Davis CANDEL and CSU Sacramento doctoral programs.
Harold G. Levine, Dean (ret.), UC Davis School of Education
Dr. Levine is founding Dean of the School of Education at UC Davis, where he also served as a professor of education, retiring in 2016. Trained as an anthropologist, he began his career as a professor in the UCLA Department of Education, later becoming department chair and interim dean. As Dean, he oversaw substantial growth in personnel and programs, which enabled the School to carry out its mandates to work collaboratively with practitioners in public education, to translate theory and research into effective practice, and to bring the best of thought and research in multiple disciplines to help address the most intractable problems in today’s public schools and classrooms.