As a College of the Redwoods board member from Del Norte County, I want to strongly endorse the statement of Dr. Tom Harris, (Guest Column: andquot;CR to meet new challenge,andquot; July 17) the interim president of the College of the Redwoods. We are fully accredited and will remain so. As Dr. Harris stated, the action of the accrediting commission has nothing to do with the quality of our instructors or our programs. This is particularly true for our Del Norte campus. We have outstanding instructors and staff. The Del Norte campus has maintained its high quality of education despite the handicap of not having a permanent Vice President the past year. Our outstanding former Vice President, Dave Throgmorton, said it well in his column. What a class act. We miss him.

Rick Bennett