We are proud to announce that Dr. Grace Morales-Scott has been elected as the new Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for LABI College! Dr. Scott is the first woman elected to serve in this position. As Chairwoman, Dr. Scott will have the critical role of leading Board of Trustees meetings and agendas, providing advice and direction in terms of Constitution and By Laws, Mission and Vision, policy, and other important areas.
Dr. Grace Morales-Scott was born in Fresno and raised in Sanger, California. Her family were migrant workers who followed the seasonal crops. As a young child, while working in the grape fields alongside her family, her father shared with her to “go to school and get a good education.” Dr. Scott graduated from high school in 1958 and as a new Believer in Christ, was led to LABI. At LABI, she was mentored by and studied under Rev. Theodore Bueno, Dr. Victor De Leon, Jr., Rev. Esteban Camarillo, Ruth Orozco, Rev. Jovita Bonilla, Rev. Bertha Thomas and Dr. Joel Torres. Dr. Scott later obtained a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from Cal State University, San Bernardino and a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.
A champion for LABI College, Dr. Grace became the first female Academic Dean in LABI’s history. As a mentor, role model and an advocate for education, her students followed her example and pursued higher education and now hold many prestigious public, private, and ministerial posts. Within her service, Dr. Grace has developed social service programs and training curriculum for several major non-profit, government, and faith denominations, located throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan, to name a few.
In 2009, Dr. Scott was invited to be part of the LABI/LATS Restructuring Committee. As Consultant and Lead Facilitator, she updated the Constitution and Bylaws, recruited new Board members, and hired a new President. In addition to her new positon as Chairwoman of the LABI Board, Dr. Scott serves as President of the LABI College Foundation. A passionate advocate for LABI and for higher education, Dr. Grace was awarded the first ever LABI Alumni Legacy Award in 2011. In 2016, Dr. Grace was officially recognized by LABI as one of the “Pillars of our Faith.” Along with this honor, LABI has named a dorm hall in her honor. On May 28th, 2016, Dr. Scott was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree in Education from LABI College, also being the first woman to receive an Honorary Doctorate from our LABI College..
When asked about Dr. Grace, LABI College President Harris stated, “She is an exemplar alumnus, educator, academic leader and board member. The College owes a tremendous debt of gratitude for her sacrifices, service and investment into LABI over the last 50 years. It is a privilege to serve with and for Dr. Grace!”