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Message from the Chancellor

BruceBaronDear Friends,

It is an honor and privilege to serve you as Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District. Together, we are entering the next decade more resilient and even more committed to cultivating minds and opening doors of opportunity for our next generation in Inland Southern California.

Our educational mission is now more important than ever. This isn’t a platitude. Through the day-to-day activities of our students, faculty and staff, your community college district generates a $621 million local economic impact each year.

More remarkably, when the Public Policy Institute of California conducted a statewide opinion poll asking, “Do you think that a college education is necessary for a person to be successful in today’s work world?” Inland Southern California topped other regions in the state with 59 percent of residents to say college is necessary.

That is why we are building upon our 92-year history -- working to open our doors to more students, working to modernize our buildings and classrooms, and working with civic and business leaders to develop a highly-skilled future workforce.

I invite you to join us and encourage you to consider the San Bernardino Community College District as your partner in building a prosperous future.

Onward,

Bruce R. Baron, Chancellor

 

About Chancellor Bruce R. Baron

Bruce R. Baron became chancellor of San Bernardino Community College District in 2011. As the chief executive officer, he works with the SBCCD Board of Trustees and presidents of San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College to provide affordable transfer pathways to UC/CSU, and hands-on career training to 24,000 students each year.

Chancellor Baron has defined educational access, community partnerships, diversity, and fiscal stability as the top priorities for his administration.

Under his leadership, SBCCD’s statewide profile has risen. In 2018, SBCCD was awarded the largest workforce training contract from the California Employment Training Panel; $1.8 million to upskill 3,200 workers across Inland Southern California. Additionally, San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College collectively earned 22 awards from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, recognizing 22 job training programs proven to boost the income of graduates by more than 50 percent.

SBCCD’s educational impact has also grown through KVCR 91.9 FM/TV 24, the primary NPR radio and PBS television affiliate station for the Inland region. With the support of generous donors, Chancellor Baron and the board of trustees have marshaled the creation of new, locally-produced programming that spotlights the people, stories, and aspirations of the region.

Chancellor Baron is a first-generation college graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and a master’s in adult and community education from The City College of New York. Before becoming chancellor of SBCCD, Baron served as vice president of administrative services at Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles City College, and Victor Valley College.

Chancellor Baron is the recipient of numerous professional awards and is a member of the Community College League of California Advisory Committee on Legislation.