CalSTRS Trustees Re-elect Chair and Vice-Chair

April 3, 2009 ( - Trustees of the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) unanimously re-elected Dana Dillon as Chair and Jerilyn Harris as Vice-Chair for the 2009-10 term.

According to a CalSTRS press release, Dillon, a teacher/librarian with the Weed Union Elementary School District, has held the Teachers’ Retirement Board Chair since 2007-08. She has served on the board since 2004, and was Vice-Chair from 2005 to 2007.

Dillon has been active in the California Teachers Association for more than 25 years, and is currently a member of the CTA Board of Directors.

Harris is an award-winning science teacher with more than 25 years experience teaching in Ukiah and Beverly Hills, the announcement said. On the board, she chairs the Appeals and Legislative committees.

Harris retired from teaching in 2002 and has served on the Teachers’ Retirement Board since 2005 and as Vice-Chair since 2007. She is a former chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a $113 billion portfolio, is the second-largest public pension fund in the United States. It administers retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s 833,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,400 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.