Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Brice Harris

Brice W. Harris - 2008

Brice W. Harris heads up Los Rios, which is one of the largest multi-college districts in America and covers more than 2,400 square miles of central California. The district includes American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges and currently enrolls nearly 90,000 students each semester.

Harris was previously the president of Fresno City College in Fresno (CA) and a faculty member and vice chancellor in the Kansas City, Missouri community college system.

He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges and recently concluded a six-year term as a member of the board of the Western Accrediting Association of Schools and Colleges.

Also an active member of the greater Sacramento business community, Harris is a past chair of the Board of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and current chair of the Board of the Northern California World Trade Center. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Comstock’s Magazine, the Board of Linking Education and Economic Development Sacramento (LEED) and the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO).

Harris is a winner of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Steuben Apple for excellence in conference teaching. He is a consultant and lecturer on communications, enrollment management and higher education marketing. He has taught communications, published a number of articles, and is active in the arts having served on the Board of the Crocker Art Museum, Board President of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, and Board member of the Kansas City Museum.

Harris did post doctoral study at the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management, received his Doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University, his Master’s in Communication from the University of Arkansas, and his Bachelor’s in Communication from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.