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Rep. Galizio named outstanding advocate
Photos and Story by James Hill
In front of more than 100 community college board members, presidents, administrators, faculty and students, State Rep. Larry Galizio was named the 2007 Howard Cherry Outstanding Community College Advocate through the Oregon Community College Association. The honor was given to Galizio at the annual OCCA retreat in Sunriver last October.
“I was surprised and honored to receive this award for supporting the important mission of community colleges,” said Galizio, whose district encompasses Tigard and King City. “And it represents the support of the larger community, students, faculty and college leadership and the hard work they put in this legislative session to boost funding for community college operations and capital construction.”
Galizio (D-Tigard) was first elected to the House in 2004 and won the seat again in 2006. During the last legislative session, he served as the chair of the Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee, which oversees the budgets for K through 12 and higher education in the state. In addition, Galizio served on the Full Ways and Means Committee, and the Consumer Protection and Joint Ways and Means General Government subcommittees.
He also has been appointed to the Emergency Board, which handles problems that arise between legislative sessions. He will continue to serve on Consumer Protection and Joint Ways and Means, District Best Business Practices Advisory Committee, the Joint Special Legislative Committee on Public Education Appropriations, and the Advisory Committee on Genetic Privacy and Research.
Galizio earned a master’s degree in communication from San Francisco State University, a bachelor’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.
For more than 10 years, Galizio directed PCC’s nationally recognized speech and debate program, which won four community college national championships in parliamentary debate. He took students to the World Debating Championships in Athens, Greece, and Cork, Ireland, in different years. A debate specialist, Rep. Galizio co-authored a text in 1999 titled, “Elements of Debate: A Guide to Public Argument,” with a colleague from Oregon State University.
Before coming to PCC, he taught overseas in Surrey, England; Lugano, Switzerland; and Madrid, Spain.