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Department of Higher Ed. Confirms New College President

May, 2017
  • Luis Pedraja

Dr. Luis Pedraja’s appointment as the next president of Quinsigamond Community College was unanimously approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on May 9.

Dr. Pedraja succeeds QCC President Dr. Gail Carberry, who is retiring after 11 years as the community college’s president. He officially starts on July 10.

Dr. Pedraja was nominated for the position in March by the QCC Board of Trustees after an intensive presidential search.

As a child, Dr. Pedraja emigrated from Cuba and grew up in a low-income Miami neighborhood. He became the first in his family to attend college; and he later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Currently, Dr. Pedraja serves as Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for California’s 35,000-student Peralta Community College District, where he leads faculty, staff, and administrators to develop innovative programs and ensure student success. The district includes four colleges.

To learn about his previous appointment, read the previous story.

To learn more about the presidential search and Dr. Pedraja’s qualifications, visit the presidential search page

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