Welcome New Vice President of Academic Affairs, Deborah Harrington

Trade Tech Welcomes New VP of Academic Affairs Deborah Harrington


Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and President Chip Chapdelaine have announced the selection of Deborah Harrington as the new Vice President, Academic Affairs for the college. Ms. Harrington comes to us with a vast background in numerous educational areas including extensive participation in Title V technology grant consortium and a long history in student success and persistence.

Deborah is the Founding Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success for the Los Angeles Community College District. She has worked with both faculty and administrative staff in order to initiate the design and implementation of programs that effectively support student equity, access, persistence, and success across the nine colleges.  Beginning in January 2009, Deborah has additionally served as the Project Director for California’s Basic Skills Initiative (BSI), supervising all the ongoing professional development activities and resources associated with the statewide project. She is an experienced practitioner who has taught basic skills, composition, and literature in the California community colleges for more than twenty-five years, Ms. Harrington has led national and state efforts to improve student access, success, and equity and to provide effective professional learning resources to faculty through her service as faculty coordinator and educational consultant in many nationally-recognized programs including California’s Puente Project, Carnegie/Annenberg/Ford Foundations’ Teachers for a New Era Project, and USC and Irvine Foundation’s Diversity/Equity Scorecard Project. She is a grant author and project director for a Department of Education’s FIPSE funded program called STARS (Strategic Team for the Advancement and Retention of Students). She has chaired standards committees as well as provided campus-wide training for accreditation self-studies. With experience chairing integral campus committees including the Education Master Plan and Budget, as well as serving as a member and executive officer of the Academic Senate, Deborah continues in shared governance leadership roles at the district level. She currently chairs the LACCD Advisory Council on Student Learning Outcomes, the SSI Professional Development Taskforce, and the Transfer Advisory Council. Deborah is the regional head of the California ePortfolio Pilot. Ms. Harrington is the Founding Director of the Writing Center at Los Angeles Valley College and facilitated more than 50 workshops, serving over 1,500 faculty, students, and staff from Los Angeles Valley College, California State University, Northridge, and surrounding area high schools.

Deborah is proud to have graduated from College of the Canyons with an A.A. in humanities. She then obtained her B.A. in English from UCLA and her M.A. in English from CSUN. She lives in Valencia but has resided in such places as Greece and Holland.

We welcome her to the Trade Tech family, and look forward to her contributions to our college.