November 18, 2008
For immediate release
Dr. Vishna Herrity, executive director of the Gevirtz Research Center (GRC) for 11 years, is leaving her post to assume the position of Executive Director of the Carpinteria Family Services Collaborative at Main School in the Carpinteria School District. UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will host a farewell reception in Dr. Herrity’s honor on Thursday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the GRC Conference Room, 1410 Phelps Hall. The event is free and open to the public; Light refreshments will be provided.
Herrity has served as the executive director of the GRC since 1997, having been responsible for establishing collaborative university, school district, and private sector partnerships that promote community outreach. She coordinated the development, implementation, research, and dissemination of innovative educational programs that led to high levels of academic achievement for all students, including underserved student populations. During her tenure as executive director, the GRC has served more than 12,000 children, 1,850 parents, and 350 teachers. The following programs have been developed and researched by the GRC: Family Literacy Project, Verizon OPTIONS Initiative, Verizon Project SUCCESS, Teacher Enrichment Adventure in Watershed Education and Training (TEAWET), Gevirtz Homework Project, Gevirtz Summer Academy, Youth Enrichment Adventure, PAL Tech Project, Supplemental Educational Services Program, Academic Mentor Program, Effective Schools Initiative, Gevirtz Secondary Restructuring Project, and IIMPaC.
Prior to her academic appointment at UC Santa Barbara, Herrity spent 25 years working in public school districts as a bilingual teacher, elementary principal, and district coordinator of Bilingual, Federal Title VII, Migrant, Preschool, and Technology programs. She received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizations in 1997 from the Gevirtz School.
[Vishna Herrity is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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