Monday, March 26, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                MARCH 26, 2012
FURTHER INFORMATION:                  ARIEL CARMONA JR. (626) 914-8872,
PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873



Citrus College Dean to be Recognized by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

By Ariel Carmona Jr.


Dr. Michael Hurtado, Citrus College dean of social and behavioral sciences, will be honored with a commendation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for his work with the Probation Commission, at the Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting on March 27.

Dr. Hurtado has been with Citrus College for over four decades. He was a student at the college during the 60s and early 70s and began his career at the college as an instructional assistant before becoming an instructor in 1973. Dr. Hurtado has spent 24 years in the social and behavioral sciences department, holding the positions of acting chair of the behavioral sciences and chair of social science departments.

Dr. Hurtado also has a distinguished career in law enforcement. He started as a reserve police officer, working the southeast region of Los Angeles in the cities of Bell Gardens and Bell. He garnered various awards while working in the Metro-Gang Task Force, a collaboration of police departments serving southeast Los Angeles County.

His many professional memberships have included the Community College Training Group, the Glendora Chamber of Commerce and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. He also served on the board of the National Council for Alcohol and Drug Dependency.

In addition to being a Citrus College graduate, Dr. Hurtado holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Brigham Young University, and he earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in behavioral science from the University of La Verne.

Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president, called Dr. Hurtado’s recognition a great honor, adding it demonstrates his commitment towards the work he believes in. “That’s been a theme throughout his life; working with kids. He believes in it and we’re very fortunate to have him here.  I think it’s a well deserved honor and it’s representative of his career,” she said.

“The college is extremely proud of Dr. Hurtado and is delighted to hear about his recognition from Supervisor Antonovich,” said Dr. Perri “In addition to the very important work he has done for the community as part of the probation board, Dr. Hurtado is also a committed and respected educator here at Citrus College.”

“Dr. Hurtado’s background in law enforcement, as well as his numerous career accomplishments, has made him a perfect fit for the commission. We are all really happy his efforts are being recognized; I personally wish him continued success,” said Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.

The Probation Commission consists of 15 members, serving four-year terms. Three appointments are granted to each of the five county supervisors, in an effort to be representative of the communities they serve.

The Commission functions through public meetings to conduct program reviews, periodic facility inspections, conduct personnel interviews, and develop recommendations to the appropriate county departments. It also issues an Annual Report to the Board of Supervisors.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                           MARCH 26, 2012
FURTHER INFORMATION:                             ARIEL CARMONA JR.  (626) 914-8872,
 PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873