Thursday, December 15, 2011

FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082


Joanne Montgomery to Serve as President of Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees
By Paula Green


Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, community leader and Citrus Community College District governing board member, was installed as president of the Citrus College Board of Trustees during the board's annual reorganization meeting.


Mrs. Montgomery represents the city of Monrovia and portions of Bradbury and Duarte.  She was appointed to the board of trustees in 1998 to fill a vacancy and was elected to the board in 1999, 2003, 2007, and in November 2011. 


“In these challenging economic times, Citrus College's greatest contribution will be its ability to ensure student success.  In order to develop an educated citizenry and a highly skilled workforce, we must continue to provide the academic programs and support services students need for degree and certificate completion, as well as transfer,” stated Mrs. Montgomery.  “While coping with reductions in state apportionment, the Citrus College community has demonstrated creativity and expertise in developing innovative programs and services. I am confident the college will have a significant role in the economic recovery of both the region and the state.”


A longtime Monrovia resident and educator, Mrs. Montgomery was an elementary school teacher for the Monrovia Unified School District for 32 years, worked with the district's gifted and talented education program, and was named Teacher of the Year.  She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, a master's degree from Azusa Pacific University and completed postgraduate work at the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles; Pepperdine University and the University of La Verne.


“I am grateful to Trustee Montgomery for her contribution to Citrus College's progress and success,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Superintendent/President of Citrus College.  “She possesses an unwavering commitment to the institution's vision and mission, and her primary focus is student success.  The Citrus College community looks forward to a productive year under her leadership.”


Mrs. Montgomery's service to the community earned her the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce's Dick Lord Award in 2003.  She is currently a member of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce Business Education and Community Outreach Network (BEACON).   Her civic involvement also includes positions on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills and the Duarte Chamber of Commerce.


Board members also installed during Citrus College's annual reorganization meeting were Mrs. Susan M. Keith, of Claremont, vice president; Dr. Gary L. Woods, of Azusa, clerk/secretary; Dr. Edward C. Ortell, of Duarte, member; and Dr. Patricia Rasmussen, of Glendora, member. 



FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082