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Houston Independent School District
News Release
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

HISD Board President Named Hall of Fame Inductee


HISD Board President Paula Harris has been nominated as a 2011 inductee to the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. Mrs. Harris and other nominees were congratulated at a reception tonight. The 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Gala is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel (2222 West Loop South).


In order to be considered for this prestigious honor, nominees must have contributed significantly to the advancement of women and improved the quality of life for future generations of Houstonians in the categories of arts and culture, business professions and entrepreneurs, education, science and technology, health and wellness, and public service. 


Paula Harris meets the criteria in several categories including education, community service, business, engineering, and community service.  According to Suzan Deison, founder and president of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, “Mrs. Harris serves as a role model for women of all ages, is a trailblazer, a leader, and a volunteer extraordinaire.”


Paula Harris was first elected to the HISD Board of Education in 2007 and was elected President of the Board in January 2011. Mrs. Harris is the Director of Community Affairs at Schlumberger and is the author of a children’s book on engineering.


The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees. For more information, visit the HISD Web site at

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