Dr. Harold Salas Kennedy named Outstanding Organization Advisor

June 18, 2010
Santa Paula News

The University of California, Santa Barbara recently named Santa Paulan Dr. Harold Salas Kennedy the Outstanding Organization Advisor. The award is an “era achievement” award, referring to his achievements this decade. It had only been presented once before at the university.

The award was presented “in recognition of his extraordinary personal commitment as an advisor to multiple organizations. His efforts have positively impacted the organizations in significant ways, and enabled them to excel in fulfilling their missions and goals.”

Dr. Kennedy is an associate director of student services/EOP at UCSB and a professor at Antioch University. He has worked at UCSB for over 25 years.

This year he also received the Outstanding Staff Award, given by the Residence Hall Association and the Office of Residential Life. He previously received the prestigious Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award, for outstanding university staff, and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools – Migrant Education/Region 5 award for supporting their pre-college program for children of farm workers.

In 2009 Dr. Kennedy was asked by the University of California to be part of the security leadership team for graduation services at UC Merced, where First Lady Michelle Obama was to speak. As part of his responsibility, he attended many preparation meetings with key individuals representing the FBI, Secret Service and local police. After the event, Dr. Kennedy received a letter of appreciation from our First Lady.

This month Dr. Kennedy is traveling to Italy as part of a team presenting to government officials regarding culture and diversity. While in Italy he will also be preaching at local churches.

Dr. Kennedy is a third generation Santa Paulan and fourth generation Ventura County resident. He grew up attending Santa Paula elementary schools, and graduated from Santa Paula High School. His parents are Toni and the late Harold B. Kennedy.

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