Honoring Harry Mathias’ Service

Harry Mathias (center) presides over his final board meeting as a member and chair of the board for the Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

Earlier this month, Harry Mathias, superintendent of the Central Columbia School District who is retiring at the end of the current school year, attended his final board meetings for both the Chamber and Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber. Harry has spent his entire career investing in the education of children through public education. He is retiring as the longest current serving superintendent in the region, having served in public education for over 35 years, including the last 19 as superintendent, and dedicated more than 20 years in service beyond his district through the efforts of The Foundation. As the Foundation’s board chair, he also sat on the Chamber’s board since 2011.

He has helped create the STEM Magnet program, Teacher in the Workplace, Classroom in the Hospital and Classroom on Main Street and many more programs. Words cannot truly capture the value Harry has brought to the Foundation’s efforts. Through name changes, staff changes and leadership changes, he has been a constant guiding voice and beacon for the Foundation’s efforts. Both the Chamber and Chamber Foundation thank him for his many efforts throughout the years and wish him well in retirement.