President Regina Peruggi
Respected as an experienced and creative leader in higher education, Regina S. Peruggi is leading Kingsborough Community College, the City University of New York, to new levels of achievement with an emphasis on improving institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes. Since Dr. Peruggi assumed the presidency of Kingsborough in August 2004, the college has instituted a strategic planning process, expanded an innovative Learning Communities model, instituted a Workforce and Economic Development Center, developed new academic programs, engaged its alumni in college advancement efforts, and re-energized faculty development programs.
Prior to her Kingsborough appointment, Dr. Peruggi served for three years as President of the Central Park Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization that manages Central Park. Through private donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations, the Conservancy over the past 25 years has raised close to $300 million to restore and maintain the park.
From 1990 to 2001, Dr. Peruggi was President of Marymount Manhattan College, a liberal arts institution with strong programs in the fine and performing arts. Under her leadership, the College's enrollment doubled, academic programs thrived, the budget was balanced, and the school's first dormitory was built.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Peruggi began her professional career as a drug abuse counselor in New York City. She has taught at the elementary, college and graduate levels, and has coordinated continuing education programs for psychiatrists, social workers and other mental health professionals. In 1974 she joined The City University of New York at York College, where she developed and directed the York College Community Learning Center.
In 1984, Dr. Peruggi moved to the Office of Academic Affairs of the City University of New York and in 1986 assumed the position of University Associate Dean for Adult and Continuing Education. As Associate Dean, she expanded literacy programs for adults, initiated programs for the University with business, industry and major labor unions, and was responsible for starting several special faculty development projects.
Dr. Peruggi is Chairperson Emerita of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, and Chairperson of the Havens Relief Fund Society. She is a member of the Women's Forum, and serves as a Director on the Boards of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Berkeley College, Silvercrest Center for Nursing and rehabilitation, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parklands Conservancy, and the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula. Dr. Peruggi is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Student World Assembly.
Dr. Peruggi earned her B.A. in Sociology from the College of New Rochelle, her MBA from New York University, and her Ed.D. from Columbia University's Teachers College.