Congratulations, Dr. Harris!

Harris, Allatia

Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at San Jacinto College, has been selected to serve on the Advisory Committee on Leadership Initiatives with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The leadership team is a result of the AACC’s research for the “Reclaiming the American Dream,” a 21st Century Initiative, a report that calls on colleges to redesign, reinvent, and reset. The report highlights developmental education, transfer, completion of certificates and degrees, and efficiencies. Dr. Harris will work with the committee to advise AACC on its leadership initiatives designed to provide emerging and seasoned leaders with  professional development and renewal opportunities. Programs and resources include the AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute, Future Presidents Institute, Thriving in the Community College Presidency, Presidents Academy Summer Institute, and webinars on Trends and Issues in Leadership.

“Higher education is drawing leaders from business and industry, the military, and government service, as well as advancing leaders from within the ranks of higher education faculty and staff,” said Dr. Harris. “Leaders come to positions with skill sets that are well developed in some areas and with skills gaps in other areas. Community colleges will benefit from the valuable experiences leaders from other sectors bring, as long as we remain true to our mission of access, student learning, and student success.”

Dr. Harris also explained how San Jacinto College is launching a new training program for leaders this spring. “Additionally, we support a good number of employees in various state and national leadership training programs offered by organizations like AACC, the League for Innovation, the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Hispanic Association of College and Universities, Texas Association of Black Professionals in Higher Education, and many others,” said Dr. Harris.

Dr. Harris recently assumed her position as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at San Jacinto College. Previously she served as president of the North Campus. She came to San Jacinto College from the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), where she served in a variety of roles at several colleges and in the system office. She served as a full-time faculty member at Mountain View College for more than a decade and also taught as adjunct faculty at San Jacinto College, El Centro College, Richland College, and in the doctoral program in educational leadership at the University of Phoenix.

She is president-elect of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and serves on the AACC Council for Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity. Locally, she serves on the boards of the North Channel Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of North Shore, Economic Alliance of the Houston Port Region, Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, and Regional Council for the Boy Scouts of America. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin Community College Leadership Program.

“We are proud to have Dr. Harris represent San Jacinto College on this committee as we know solid leadership initiatives are key to developing innovative ideas to achieve the overall goal of student success,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education. For more information, visit