Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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



Citrus College Superintendent/President Nominated for National Award
by Stacy Armstrong


Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, has been nominated for an American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award.


For 31 years, the AACC has awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award to those individuals who have excelled in their field and given back to their communities.  Recipients are nominated by the community college from which they graduated.


Dr. Perri, an alumna of the City University of New York’s Hostos Community College, was nominated by Hostos President Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez.


“Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is extremely proud of Dr. Geraldine M. Perri and, therefore, nominated her for the AACC’s 2013 Community College Outstanding Alumni Award,” Dr. Matos Rodriguez said.  “She earned her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Hostos and is now the superintendent/president of Citrus College in Los Angeles.  She is the first Hostos graduate to achieve this distinction.”


Dr. Perri graduated from Hostos Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 1979.  Several years later, she returned to Hostos as an adjunct instructor and eventually went on to serve as a full-time faculty member and associate dean of Academic Affairs.


“It is extremely humbling to be nominated for this award because I attribute much of my success to the community college system,” she says.  “My career was a progression from dental hygiene graduate to faculty member to associate dean to dean to vice president to president to superintendent/president--and it all started at a community college.”


Dr. Perri left Hostos Community College to become the dean of career education for California’s Mt. San Jacinto College.  She also served as vice president of instruction for San Diego Mesa College and president of Cuyamaca College in San Diego before coming to Citrus College in 2008.  She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from New York University, as well as a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University.


 “Dr. Perri has worked her way through all of the positions at a community college; from student to faculty to administrator,” says Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “It is not surprising that she has been nominated for this prestigious award.  She is extremely dedicated to the work of community colleges and works tirelessly to see that students succeed.”


The AACC will soon announce their 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients, and Dr. Perri says she is very honored to be among those being considered for this recognition.


“The association represents nearly 1,200 community colleges and more than 13 million students.  To simply be nominated as an Outstanding Alumni is overwhelming,” she said.  “I strive, both personally and professionally, to improve conditions and situations for people.  This nomination inspires me to continue working toward a brighter future for everyone.”




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


Dr. Geraldine M. Perri