Gloria Macias Harrison has balanced two careers plus family and community activism since the early sixties. She is one of the founders of an alternative press, El Chicano (1969), that developed because of a need to have a Chicano voice in the Inland Empire. Today, El Chicano publishes weekly along with nine other community weeklies that make up the family publishing business in San Bernardino County and North County San Diego. Her husband Bill is the CEO, while daughter, Diana, is the general manager.
Ms. Harrison served as President of Crafton Hills College from July 1, 2000 until her retirement on July 3, 2012. Before this assignment, she served as Vice President of Instruction at Crafton Hills College for six years. She also served as Dean of Humanities at San Bernardino Valley College for three years. She has over 20 years of teaching experience.
Gloria Harrison was a governor’s appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and served on the California Council for the Humanities and numerous state committees on education. Locally she is a member of two Kiwanis clubs and is on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation, the Brown Foundation, Planned Parenthood and the Crafton Hills College Foundation. Also, she belongs to many professional organizations. She is the recipient of numerous awards.
Ms. Harrison received an Associate of Arts degree from San Bernardino Valley College, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Riverside.
Married to Bill Harrison, she has two children Diana and William. She and her husband are the proud grandparent of William Alexander and Gabriella Rose.