Kingsborough President Brings Good News To Fall Convocation
Dr. Regina S. Peruggi, the new President of Kingsborough Community College, speaking before more than 700 faculty and staff at the Leon. A Goldstein Performing Arts Center, brought them to their feet with a continuing standing ovation at the college fall 2004 Convocation.
Peruggi, who described her view as very optimistic about the future of the borough and the city, feels strongly about Kingsborough’s role in that future. The new president spoke with pride and feeling about the college that is now under her stewardship.
“Kingsborough has always been....a promise — a promise to first generation and new immigrants to this city. It’s a promise kept of people multi-cultural in nature, multiethnic in background, of all ages, with various goals, making unique contributions as students, faculty and staff,” said Peruggi in her speech. “Each person is coming here with a different history and each going their own way, but yet it’s a promise kept by people who every day willingly collaborate and enthusiastically cooperate for the common good of all at Kingsborough.”
Peruggi, who came to Kingsborough this summer, has a vast and varied experience in both the non-profit and higher education world. Prior to coming to Kingsborough, Dr. Peruggi was the President of Marymount Manhattan College and the Central Park Conservancy, as well as having significant prior experience at the City University of New York at York College and the Central Office of CUNY. She inherits an institution considered one of the best community colleges in the nation at a time when both President Bush and his challenger, Senator John Kerry, are calling for more funding and support for the nation’s community colleges.
President Peruggi spoke of Kingsborough’s strong ties to the New York City community and of the college being part of the engine that is driving the revitalization of Brooklyn.
She spoke of how the college can be there to teach students who will be nurses, operating room technicians and doctors who will help staff the borough’s health care facilities, which are Brooklyn’s largest employers. She also enthusiastically related how the college was meeting the community’s needs through expanded Continuing Education programs providing certificate training in business and health careers as well as language training and high school credentialing that is desperately needed.
Peruggi also spoke glowingly of the college’s training of Captains and deckhands for commercial vessels that work in our surrounding waters. “The college,” she said, “is also there to teach those who will work for the cruise ships that will be docking in Brooklyn and those working in all areas of the Tourism and Hospitality industry.”