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New Executive Director Named for SBCC's Center for Lifelong Learning

February 14, 2013

Andrew G. Harper has been selected as Executive Director for Santa Barbara City College’s Center for Lifelong Learning.  The Center, which will launch this fall under the umbrella of SBCC, will offer not-for-credit, fee-based courses and seminars for the general community.

Mr. Harper is no stranger to SBCC having worked for the college’s Continuing Education Division as a program director since 2009.  In this role, he planned and monitored budgets totaling more than $1.5 million and managed both fee-based and state-funded course and programs with up to 250 classes and 120 instructors per term.   Mr. Harper developed over 400 Continuing Education updated and new course outlines and served as community liaison with 30 off-campus sites including retirement facilities, Parent Child Workshops, local churches and community centers.

Before coming to SBCC, Mr. Harper worked for nine years at UCSB Extension as Director of Language and Culture Programs.  He also held administrative positions with the American Language Academy at the University of Tampa (Florida), ASPECT International Language Schools at the University of Central Florida, the Language Centre at Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, and Berlitz Special Programs at Schreiner College in Kerrville, Texas. Mr. Harper also has lived and been a classroom teacher in the U.K., France, Egypt and Spain.  In addition to his extensive teaching and teacher training experience, he has delivered numerous juried conference presentations and contributed to academic publications.

Mr. Harper has a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of East Anglia (U.K), and an M.A. degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii. His certifications also include Executive Leadership, Program Planning and e-Marketing.

Mr. Harper’s wife, Deborah Gordon, is an ESL textbook writer and editor and an adjunct instructor at both SBCC and UCSB Extension. Both their children attended middle and high school in Santa Barbara.  Their daughter, Claire, is a SBCC graduate in Theater and their son Gabriel graduated from UC Berkeley.

 “Andy will provide dynamic leadership for the Center for Lifelong Learning,” said Dr. Jack Friedlander, SBCC Executive Vice President for Educational Programs.  “He is very familiar with Continuing Education, both from the program side and with the rich tradition it has long held in our community. Andy is ably prepared to lead the CLL in this exciting new direction.”

 SBCC President Lori Gaskin added,  “Thanks to the time and input of both college and community stakeholders, the CLL has emerged as a new model for meeting the interest and needs of our lifelong learning students.  With Andy as Executive Director, I am confident it will be embraced, supported, and utilized.  We are excited about the prospects of what the CLL will hold and hope the community will join us in looking forward to its launch this fall.”

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