SBCCD Trustee Anne Viricel Appointed to Statewide Women’s Caucus

Dr. Anne L. Viricel, Chair of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees.

Dr. Anne Viricel, Chair of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, has been appointed to the California Community College Women’s Caucus Advisory Committee, a consortium of women serving on community college boards who work to empower women.

Established earlier this year, the self-governing caucus met during the summer to set goals related to recognizing women’s contributions to higher education, supporting leadership development, and advancing career opportunities and pay equity.

“I’m excited to work with leaders from across California on our shared priorities,” Viricel said. “The chance to help open more doors of opportunity for women in higher education is a great honor.”

The caucus hopes to build a California Community College Women’s Resource Directory, which will help identify women who want to be considered for leadership opportunities and create a mentoring network to help all women in the California Community College leadership pipeline.

The Women’s Caucus will meet at the Community College League of California’s 2020 Annual Convention, held virtually Nov. 17, 2020.

Viricel was appointed to fill a Board of Trustees vacancy in 2015, then elected to the position in November 2016. This past January, she was elected by her colleagues as chair of the board. She ran unopposed in 2020. Her focus is on increasing student opportunities while improving operational efficiencies at SBCCD.

In addition to her work as a trustee, Viricel has served as the executive director of the non-profit San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Since 2000, she has also worked as a professor at the University of Redlands School of Business, specializing in quantitative operations and strategy coursework. Her recent awards include California Assembly District 40 City of Highland Woman of the Year, League of Women Voters Citizen of Achievement Award, two University of Redlands Excellence in Teaching Awards, and the Black Culture Foundation’s Black Rose Award. In 2015, she was named a Woman of Distinction in California’s 23rd Senate District.

San Bernardino Community College District serves 20,000 students through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. For nearly 100 years, our colleges have provided access to affordable higher education and career training programs for the residents of Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Calimesa, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Yucaipa. We educate the health care professionals that serve our medical needs, veterans who have served our country, police and firefighters who keep us safe, and skilled workers who fuel our economy. SBCCD is the broadcast license holder of EMPIRE | KVCR, the PBS and NPR affiliate station for the Inland Empire on TV Channel 24 and 91.9 FM.

Dr. Anne L. Viricel, Chair

Dr. Stephanie Houston, Vice Chair

Gloria Macias Harrison, Clerk

John Longville, Member

Frank Reyes, Member

Dr. Donald L. Singer, Member

Joseph Williams, Member

Alex Ramos Huaman, Student Trustee

Adrian Rios, Student Trustee

Jose F. Torres

Dr. Kevin Horan, Crafton Hills College

Diana Z. Rodriguez, San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino Community College District opens doors of opportunity for 20,000 students at Crafton Hills College & San Bernardino Valley College.