Friday, May 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 31, 2013
FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

Claremont Resident Receives Citrus College’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Honor


Bernard D. Bollinger, Jr. of Claremont, Calif. is one of three individuals selected to receive Citrus College’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013.


Bollinger graduated from Citrus College in 1982 after a tenure marked by academic achievement.  He then transferred to the University of Southern California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism in 1984.  Three years later, he earned a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School.


Currently, Bollinger is a member of the Board of Directors for Buchalter Nemer, a law firm with offices in Los Angeles.  He also serves as department chair for the firm’s Insolvency & Financial Solutions Group and co-chair of their Continuing Legal Education Committee.  Bollinger focuses his practice on bankruptcy matters, as evidenced by the many professional publications he has authored and the numerous presentations he makes annually.


Despite his busy schedule, Bollinger finds time to give back to his community.  In fact, he is active in a wide variety of service organizations, including Citrus Valley Health Partners, where he is a member of the board of directors, and the Citrus Community College District Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee, where he currently serves as chair.  Bollinger is also a past president of the Friends of the Claremont Library, past president of the Citrus College Foundation, and past chair of the Claremont Community Foundation Board of Directors. 


Bollinger’s community service, involvement with Citrus College, and impressive professional experience has earned him the Citrus College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013.


“When reviewing nominations, we consider the time each individual spent at Citrus College, as well as their professional career, community involvement, and other accomplishments,” said Eric Magallon, president of the Citrus Alumni and Friends Association.  “Bo’s professional and academic qualifications are remarkable, and his contributions to Citrus College and the surrounding communities are admirable.  He is a prime example of a Citrus College Distinguished Alumni.”


Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, serves as the Claremont representative on the board and is aware of Bollinger’s many contributions to the college and community.

"I am very proud to count Bo and his wife Laura among my Claremont friends who give so much to our community,” Keith said. “Bo's professional career is demanding, but he still finds time to give back to the community and to Citrus College. He is extremely deserving of this recognition."


Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, said she appreciates all Bollinger has done for the college and congratulates him on receiving this recognition.


“The Alumni Association has made an excellent choice,” Dr. Perri said.  “Mr. Bollinger has an impressive professional and academic resume, as well as an extensive list of community service commitments.  However, it is his dedication to Citrus College that I find especially admirable.  I am delighted that he will be included among this year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees.”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 31, 2013
FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082


Bernard D. Bollinger