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Harris Named One of St. Louis’ Most Influential Business Women

August 08, 2008

Zelema Harris, chancellor, St. Louis Community College, has been recognized as one of St. Louis' Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Featured in the Aug. 8, 2008 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal, Harris was recognized as one of 25 honorees. The recipients, chosen by previous winners and St. Louis Business Journal editors, were selected for their professional achievements and community involvement in St. Louis. They were honored at an awards luncheon at the Renaissance Grand Hotel on Aug. 8.

Harris joined St. Louis Community College in August 2007 and was named as the eighth chancellor in November 2007. As chancellor of St. Louis Community College, Harris oversees operations at the largest community college system in Missouri and second only in size to the University of Missouri system. She manages a total budget of $197 million and a staff and faculty of 4,000.

Prior to this position, she served as president of Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. for 16 years, where she established an award-winning faculty development center and led the college to local and national recognition.

She has received the Athena Award for Outstanding Business and Professional Women, the American Association of Community College's Leadership Award and the President of the Year Award from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. She holds a bachelor's degree in science from Prairie View A&M University, and a master's degree in science and doctorate degree in education from the University of Kansas.