Friday, December 14, 2012


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


Susan M. Keith to Serve as President of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees
By Paula Green


Mrs. Susan M. Keith, community leader and Citrus Community College District governing board member, was installed as president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees during the board’s annual reorganization meeting.

Mrs. Keith represents the City of Claremont and small portions of Pomona and La Verne.  She was elected to the board of trustees in 1999, and reelected in 2003, 2007, and 2011. 

“Citrus College continues to build upon its reputation as a high-performing community college at the national, state and local levels,” Mrs. Keith stated.  “The college’s faculty, administrators and staff consistently demonstrate their creativity, expertise, and dedication in ensuring that our students will complete their education at the college, whether they earn an associate degree, transfer to a four-year college, or enter the workforce.” 

A longtime resident of Claremont, Mrs. Keith has a lengthy history of community service.  She is a former member and past president of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education and the Baldy View Regional Occupational Commission.  Mrs. Keith helped found Claremont Meals-On-Wheels and is a past director of the League of Women Voters of Claremont.  She has also served in leadership roles for the Claremont Forum, the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, the Claremont Youth Partnership, the Kiwanis Club of Claremont and a Claremont Child Care Task Force.

Mrs. Keith has professional experience in fund development and public relations/marketing, with extensive experience in education-sector public relations and nonprofit fundraising.  During her 40-year professional career Mrs. Keith worked for Cal Poly Pomona, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University, House of Ruth, Project SISTER, and Uncommon Good. 

Mrs. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Hayward.  A lifelong learner, she also studied at Lassen and Chaffey Community Colleges; California State University, Fullerton; and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

“I am grateful to Trustee Keith for her contribution to Citrus College’s achievements,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Superintendent/President of Citrus College.  “She is deeply committed to Citrus College’s vision and mission, as well as its college completion initiative.  The institution looks forward to a successful and productive year under her leadership.”

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