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San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Ted Alejandre began his four-year term as the county’s 34th superintendent on Jan. 5 after being elected to office in June 2014.
With more than 29 years of experience in public education, Mr. Alejandre has been a teacher, vice principal, principal and director of fiscal services at the district level, and served as the assistant superintendent of Business Services in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. He joined County Schools in 2008 as the assistant superintendent of Business Services, and later was appointed deputy superintendent, overseeing all operations of the organization.
As county superintendent, Mr. Alejandre works collaboratively with educators, families, other agencies and stakeholders to provide advocacy, leadership and services for and on behalf of the 407,000 K-12 students attending public schools in San Bernardino County. His office oversees a $230 million annual operating budget and employs nearly 2,000 employees.
Dr. Michael L. Burke became chancellor of Riverside Community College District on July 21, 2014 after serving for four and one-half years as president of Milwaukee Area Technical College, the largest college in the Wisconsin Technical College System. He has more than 35 years of teaching and leadership experience in community colleges in Texas, Idaho and California.
Previously, Dr. Burke served as president of San Jose City College from 2007-09, where he led both a major rebuilding program that resulted in numerous new educational facilities on campus and an initiative to increase enrollment. From 1998 to 2007, he served as president of North Idaho College, located in Coeur d’Alene, ID, where he provided educational services to an 8,000-square mile service area in the northern panhandle of that state. While there, he created three new outreach centers to serve the remote populations of the region and strengthened the college’s relationship with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. He was also instrumental in establishing the Northern Idaho Center for Higher Education (NICHE) in Coeur d’Alene, in collaboration with the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Lewis-Clark State College. From 1985-98, Dr. Burke served as chairman, dean, and vice president at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX, which is a member of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). He began his career as a faculty member, teaching English at a community college on the Texas-Mexico border.
On the national level, Dr. Burke has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); co-chaired the AACC Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and served as the chairman of the AACC Presidents Academy Executive Committee.
Dr. Burke holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of arts degree in English from the University of Houston; a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin; and certificates of completion from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management and the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute.
A native of the Inland Empire, Paul was born and raised in Redlands. In 2010, Paul became President & CEO of IEEP, and restructured the organization with a vision for bettering the quality of life and business climate of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He currently serves as Chair of Mobility 21, a coalition that pursues regional solutions to transportation challenges. He also serves as Chair of the California Stewardship Network; and is a sitting member of the Regional Economic Alliance Leaders of California. Additionally, he serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Global Land Use and Economics Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Cal State San Bernardino’s Foundation Board.
Paul received his Bachelors of Arts from California State University San Bernardino, his Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and holds a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Paul is married to Dr. Christina Granillo, Ph.D.; they are the proud parents of Monica Marie.
Tomás D. Morales was selected as the president of California State University, San Bernardino in May 2012. He is the university’s fourth president since it opened in 1965. Previously, Morales was president of the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY), since 2007.
From 2001 to 2007, Morales served in various capacities at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, and professor of education. Prior to joining Pomona, Morales was Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at The City College of New York/CUNY from 1994 to 2001. He provided strategic leadership, restructured the Student Services Corporation, and implemented a new student-centered model for the division of Student Affairs. From 1992 to 1994, Morales was Assistant Dean of the School of Education at the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz.
He holds a B.A. in history from SUNY, New Paltz, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies from SUNY, Albany. Having served as an educator and administrative leader in higher education for 41 years, he is one of the few higher education administrators in the United States who has held senior administrative positions at the three largest public university systems in the nation: The California State University, The State University of New York, and The City University of New York.
Morales is actively involved with several national organizations. He currently serves as chair of the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. In addition, he previously served as chair and board member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, as well as co-chair of AASCU’s National Task Force on College Readiness which released the report, “Serving America’s Future: Increasing College Readiness,” a comprehensive examination that advocates approaches for public institutions to take.
He also previously served on the board of directors of the American Council on Education, the American Council on Education’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity, and the National Information and Communication Technology Literacy Policy Council.
In May 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater SUNY, New Paltz, where he was the featured commencement speaker. In recognition for his service to education and his passion for the sport, the baseball field at the College of Staten Island was named in his honor as the Tomás D. Morales Baseball Field.
His lifelong dedication to improving the access and quality of public higher education has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Leader in Education award from Education Update; the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.; Effective Leadership Golden Age Award from the Latino Center on Aging; Latino Trendsetter Award at the United Nations; the IMAGEN Certificate Award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; the Professional Achievement Award from Boricua College; the Hispanic Leadership Award from the Boy Scouts of America; the Outstanding Leadership in the Service of Youth Award by the National Honor Society at Susan E. Wagner High School; and the Louis R. Miller Award from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and Staten Island Advance.
Tomás and his wife Evy have been married for over 40 years. They have three grown children (sons Thomas and Omar Morales, daughter Amanda Jimenez) and six grandchildren.
Dr. Henry D. Shannon’s career as a chief executive officer spans over 18 years in the states of Missouri and California. He currently serves as the superintendent/president of Chaffey College, a three-campus college in Southern California, which enrolls approximately 20,000 students per semester. During his tenure at Chaffey College, which began in 2007, Dr. Shannon has enhanced and transformed the college’s vision to serve today’s community college students, preparing them for academic and occupational success. His focus on retention and graduation yielded the five largest graduating classes in Chaffey College history each consecutive year from 2012 – 2017. Dr. Shannon came from St. Louis, Missouri where he served as the chancellor of St. Louis Community College. In his 24 years at St. Louis Community College, he was also a college president and dean of student services. Additionally, he served as an administrator and teacher at both St. Louis University and Harris Stowe State University.
Dr. Shannon brings to our community over 40 years of experience in higher education. He earned a master’s and doctorate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a management certificate from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Harris-Stowe State University.
Henry Shannon has been active on many boards at the national, state, and local levels. His past board memberships include the League of Innovation in Community Colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (chair 2004–2005), and Renewal and Change 20/20. Dr. Shannon’s current national board memberships include the Alliance for Education of San Bernardino County, San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board, California Community College Commission on the Future, Sungard Higher Education Advisory Board, Educational Testing Service Community College Advisory Board, and Community College Research Center Advisory Board. He has also been a member of Phi Beta Sigma since 1966.
Dr. Shannon is married to Gwendolyn A. Shannon. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.
Sheila Thornton is President & CEO of OneFuture Coachella Valley. In her previous role as V.P. of Workforce Excellence for the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, she lead the separation and launch of OneFuture Coachella Valley as an independent nonprofit for the purpose of expanding regional efforts to align educational attainment with economic development.
Under Sheila’s leadership, OneFuture Coachella Valley facilitates a coalition of education and business leaders implementing the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Success, a five-year strategic plan to produce an educated workforce and assure Coachella Valley students are prepared for success in college, career, and life. Since its inception, the coalition has achieved significant success on common regional goals in career academy/Linked Learning expansion, FAFSA completion and financial aid capture, scholarship giving, and community and employer engagement in support of students.
From 2001 to 2012, Sheila served as a health workforce and leadership development consultant providing project management and coalition building guidance to industry, education, and community organizations. She assisted organizations with strategic planning, mission advancement, cross-sector partnerships, grant writing and management and program implementation. In that capacity, she lead the development of CVEP’s Healthcare Industry Council, a model for aligning education and workforce strategies by sector and sub-region. The Council expanded opportunities for low-income, disadvantaged students to succeed in Kindergarten-12th grade health career pathways programs, college health sciences programs and higher level health professions.
In her early career, Sheila served as Analyst/Project Manager for an economic research and consulting firm and Director of Community Services for a non-profit hospital.
Sheila serves on the California Future Healthcare Workforce Commission, the National Advisory Committee for Health Career Connection, the national leadership team for the Ford Motor Company Fund Next Generation Initiative, the CSUSB Palm Desert Advancement Board and the Desert Sands Unified School District LCAP Advisory Committee. Sheila received a B.S. degree in Applied Math from Loyola Marymount University.
Kim A. Wilcox was appointed as UC Riverside’s ninth chancellor in August 2013.
During his time at Riverside he has spurred a new era of growth, embarking on the expansion of the faculty; development of new facilities for research, teaching, and public service; and a new emphasis on institutional globalization.
Wilcox is a long-time national advocate for increased access to quality higher education and for the particular role public universities play in the U.S. Under his leadership, UC Riverside became a charter member of the University Innovation Alliance, a collaboration of major public research universities in America seeking to improve student graduation rates and outcomes across all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Wilcox began his academic career on the faculty at the University of Missouri. He then spent 14 years on the faculty of the University of Kansas, including 10 as Chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing. Immediately prior to coming to UCR, Wilcox served as provost at Michigan State University from 2005 to 2013.
He has published extensively in the area of developmental speech acoustics and has directed teaching, research, and service projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.
A first-generation college-going student, Wilcox matriculated at Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in audiology and speech sciences. He also holds master’s and doctoral degrees in speech and hearing sciences from Purdue University.
Dr. Judy D. White was appointed by the Riverside County Board of Education as the 12thRiverside County Superintendent of Schools on January 11, 2017, to fulfill the remaining term of former Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Kenneth M. Young. She was sworn in on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and her term expires in 2018.
Dr. Judy D. White started her K-12 educational career as a classified staff member assisting the principal at San Bernardino High School. She proceeded to earn her teaching credential and taught in multiple settings within the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). Her public-school experience has included roles as a principal, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent within SBCUSD before being selected in 2011 as the superintendent of the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). During her six years working with the 3,400 employees and 33,000 students at MVUSD, Dr. White increased graduation rates in Riverside County’s third largest district by 20.5% while leading the district to notable achievements and awards on a county, state, and national level.
Dr. White earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Occidental College, a master’s in education from California State University, San Bernardino, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She is a resident of Moreno Valley.