Message from the Chancellor


December 13, 2019

Dear students, faculty, staff and friends:

At last night's board meeting, I informed the trustees of my decision to retire at the end of this month, and they accepted my request. This was not an easy decision for me, nor one that I came to lightly. It has been an honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve as chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District.

SBCCD has become a top-performing district in every sense of the word — student success, fiscal stability, competitive salaries, new facilities and most notably, The Free College Promise, which provides free tuition and textbooks to local full-time students.

As a first‐generation college graduate, I am acutely aware of the hardships that make college attendance an impossibility for many in our community. To be able to say that SBCCD is making real progress in ensuring that opportunity is no longer out of reach for those in the Inland Empire — and to have played a role in that — is truly humbling.

The state of the district is strong, and I will be departing on a high note.

Together with the board of trustees, campus presidents, faculty, staff and community partners, we have expanded our reach and our investment in the community.

  • In 2018, our community passed Measure CC, a $470 million bond measure to fund safe, secure, and state‐of‐the‐art classrooms and labs where students receive the education and training needed to reach their highest potential.
  • We received the largest workforce training grant from the California Employment Training Panel. 
  • 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.
  • Our faculty and staff are invited to speak across the state and the nation about our successful partnerships in programs like Generation Go, which provides paid internships and career pathways for students and many others.
  • Through ongoing sound fiscal management, we are in a strong position for growth, having earned an upgrade in our credit rating twice in the last two years.
  • We are statewide leaders in sustainable energy programs and the first in the California Community College system to pilot a Zero Net Energy program in partnership with Southern California Edison.
  • We are the only district in the state to have a partnership with law enforcement and Caltrans to provide a reentry initiative so that parolees can stay out of prison and build productive lives.

While a national search is conducted for the district’s next leader, the board and I have every confidence that it will continue to thrive under the leadership of Interim Chancellor Jose Torres, our campus presidents, our board of trustees, as well as staff and faculty across the district and two campuses.

Thank you for a remarkable 10 years; it has been my honor to work for you.


Bruce R. Baron

Chancellor, San Bernardino Community College District

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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 27,000 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 EMPIRE | KVCR 91.9 FM and 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.