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Galizio Family August 2013

Dr. Lawrence Galizio is the seventh president in Clatsop Community College's 50 plus-year history.


Before coming to CCC, Dr. Galizio served as the Director for Strategic Planning for the Chancellor's Office of the Oregon University System.  Prior to his position in the Chancellor's Office, Galizio directed the Portland Community College speech and debate program and served as a full-time faculty member for 16 years. Under Galizio's leadership, the PCC program earned four community college national championships in parliamentary debate.


Since becoming president at CCC, Dr. Galizio was appointed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to the North Coast Advisory Committee for Regional Solutions.  Additionally, Dr. Galizio was selected to serve on the American Association of Community College's (AACC) Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development.  In 2013 he was appointed Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  He also currently serves on AACC's Higher Education Act Task Force.  At the State level, President Galizio was chosen by his peers to serve as Finance Director for the Oregon Community College Association and to serve on that organization's Executive Committee.  Dr. Galizio has also recently served as the Chair of the Hospital Facilities Authority for Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria and is active in the Astoria Rotary Club.


Oregon State Legislature

In addition to his experience in teaching and administration,  Dr. Galizio served three terms in the Oregon Legislature (2004-2009) before taking his Strategic Planning position in the Chancellor's Office of the Oregon University System.  As State Representative from House District 35 representing Tigard, King City, and Southwest Portland, his committee assignments included Chair of the Ways and Means Education Subcommittee in 2007, and Co-Chair of the Capital Construction Committee in 2009.  In 2007, Dr. Galizio was honored by the Oregon Community College Association with the prestigious Howard Cherry Award for his legislative leadership and advocacy for Oregon's community colleges.



Dr. Galizio attended Santa Barbara City College and the University of California at Santa Barbara before earning his undergraduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from UC Berkeley.  He earned his Master's Degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University, and his Ph.D. from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. 


Scholarly Work

Dissertation: The Incorporation of Direct Democracy: Populism and Initiative Practices as Contested Terrain

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Galizio is the author of several scholarly articles and co-author of the text, Elements of Parliamentary Debate: A Guide to Public Argument.

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The Global Reproduction of American Politics

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Dr. Galizio is married to Janice O'Malley Galizio and they have a young son, Giovanni and fraternal twins, Carmella and Matteo.  The Galizio's live in Warrenton, Oregon.



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June 19, 2014, 12:51 pm
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