San Jacinto College Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Allatia Harris, was named the 2019 Dr. Ed Lehr Chairman’s Award recipient at the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce annual gala on January 23. The award recognizes individuals and businesses who have contributed to helping the community prosper and continue to advance the chamber’s goals.
The annual award is presented in honor Dr. Ed Lehr, the first president of the College’s North Campus, who helped establish the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Lehr was an influential leader in the North Channel community and an early member of the area’s North Shore Rotary Club that established many of community’s parks and public services.
Dr. Harris has been a member of the chamber for most of her 12 years at San Jacinto College. She was recognized this year for her efforts in launching a new round of strategic planning to capitalize on the area’s growth and to meet the community’s service needs.
“It’s a powerful, very diverse community of people that care deeply for each other,” Dr. Harris said, “and it’s a community of which I am proud to be a part.”
One of her points of pride regarding the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce is the chamber foundation’s William C. Palko $5,000 scholarship that is awarded to a San Jacinto College student each year. Last year, the chamber had two strong finalists for the scholarship and ultimately awarded a second $2,000 scholarship to the runner-up that was personally funded by members of the chamber foundation.
“I’m proud to work with a group of people that care so much about the residents of [the North Channel] community.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.