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LULAC Honors Dr. Johnson Bia, PCC Desert Vista Campus President

March 15, 2013

Tucson, AZ – Council 1057 of the League of United Latin American Citizens has selected Dr. Johnson Bia, president of PCC’s Desert Vista Campus, to receive its community service award.

Dr. Bia will receive the L.U.L.A.C. 2013 National Presidential Citation Community Service Award during the 24th Annual L.U.L.A.C. Council 1057 Educational Awards and Scholarship Banquet. The banquet is Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way.

Dr. Bia is one of six Tucsonans receiving the award. He is being recognized for his years of dedication in working with local youths to ensure that they are successful in the college environment, and for his advocacy in our community.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from an organization that understands the value of a quality education and the long-term investment in the lives of young people and future generations,” Dr. Bia says. “Opportunities still exist for those who are willing to apply themselves and are willing to make a difference.”

Dr. Bia has been a PCC administrator for more than 21 years, including campus presidencies at Downtown and Desert Vista campuses.

Dr. Bia is the proud son of a Navajo Code Talker, Andrew Bia, and a member of the Navajo Nation. He has a Doctorate of Philosophy from Iowa State University of Science & Technology (Ames, Iowa) and a Master of Science Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona.

“From the several nominations that we received, the awards committee was amazed by Dr. Bia’s years of dedication and commitment to ensuring educational achievement for the youth of our community,” said Javier Herrera, Educational Awards and Scholarship Banquet Co-Chair. “His continued advocacy has truly made him a leader among his peers.”

For 24 years, L.U.L.A.C. Council 1057 has worked with community members to provide educational assistance to youth, in that time involving more than 100,000 sixth through 12th graders in its annual L.U.L.A.C. Youth Leadership Conference. The League of United Latin American Citizens (L.U.L.A.C.) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. L.U.L.A.C. is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, including five in Tucson. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

CONTACT:
C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850
ckaramargin@pima.edu