College of Marin Trustees Appoints Al J. Harrison II as Interim-Superintendent/PresidentKentfield, CA— May 19, 2010 — College of Marin Board of Trustees announced last night at its regular monthly meeting that Vice President of College Operations Al J. Harrison II will serve as Interim-Superintendent/President following the departure of Frances L. White, Ph.D., who retires next month.
Mr. Harrison is looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees and the college community to ensure a smooth transition while the search for a permanent superintendent/president continues.
Mr. Harrison said: “I appreciate the confidence that the Board has expressed in me and it is truly an honor to be selected to serve in this way. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and the trustees in continuing to move the college forward during this transition period.”
Mr. Harrison says that there are three top priority issues facing the college at this time. “First and foremost are our institutional efforts to complete the accreditation self-study process and planning for the team visit in October. Our next challenge is to address a $1.2 million shortfall projected for next fiscal year and present a balanced budget to the board in August. The third major priority is to ensure that the facilities modernization program continues to stay on track.”
Concerning the college’s significant budgetary issues, Mr. Harrison hopes to minimize reductions that would negatively impact the classroom while maintaining the effectiveness of necessary programs and services to students.
Mr. Harrison is a veteran California community college administrator with over 34 years of experience managing finances at California community colleges. He served as Peralta Community College District interim chancellor from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Harrison is a certified public account, has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University, a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, and is in the process of completing a doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University. He is married to Gaye Lynette Harrison and they have three grown children.