FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Protocol, Government and Community Relations Supervisor
Susan M. Keith Elected President of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees
Glendora, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Mrs. Susan M. Keith is the new president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. She was elected during the board's annual organizational meeting on Dec. 4, 2018. This is the fifth time that she has been elected by the trustees to serve a one-year term as president since she began serving on the board in 1999.
The new president has a wealth of experience in educational leadership. Mrs. Keith previously served on the board of education of the Claremont Unified School District for 12 years. She has served 19 years on the board of trustees at Citrus College. Since 2013, she has also served on the board of directors of the California Community College Trustees, a statewide policy body.
Mrs. Keith began her studies in higher education at Lassen Community College. Later, she earned a bachelor's degree in English from California State University, East Bay. She also completed postgraduate studies in art photography. Her career was focused on fund development and public relations for nonprofit organizations, Claremont Graduate University, Pitzer College and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Mrs. Keith is one of five members of the board elected by voters in their geographical areas during the general or mid-term elections. She represents Claremont and portions of Pomona and La Verne; the previous board president, Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, represents Glendora and portions of San Dimas; Dr. Barbara R. Dickerson, represents Azusa and portions of Duarte; Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, represents the Monrovia/Bradbury area and some neighborhoods in Duarte; and Dr. Edward C. Ortell, represents the remaining area of Duarte, as well as portions of Azusa, Monrovia, Arcadia, Covina and Irwindale. Ms. Yachi Rivas is the student trustee, elected by the students at Citrus College.
In the newly reorganized board, Dr. Dickerson will serve as the new vice president, and Dr. Ortell will be the clerk/secretary of the board. Both Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Ortell were just re-elected to the board of trustees in the recent Nov. 6, 2018, elections. The superintendent/president of Citrus College, Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D., administered the oath of office to the re-elected board members during the Dec. 4 meeting of the board of trustees.
Dr. Perri commented, "We are fortunate to have a very supportive board of trustees serving our college district." She thanked Dr. Rasmussen for her service as president of the board for the past year, and extended her congratulations to the new president, Mrs. Keith. "It will be an honor and a pleasure to continuing serving under the direction of our board of trustees with Mrs. Keith as president," Dr. Perri said.