On July 10, 2017 we were pleased to welcome Dr. Luis G. Pedraja as Quinsigamond Community College’s new president. Dr. Pedraja is the sixth president of QCC taking the reins from former President Dr. Gail E. Carberry. Dr. Pedraja was the former interim vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Peralta Community College District in California. The district included four colleges with a student population of 35,000.
Dr. Pedraja, who emigrated from Cuba and grew up in a low-income Miami neighborhood was the first in his family to attend college; later earning his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His background gives him a unique understanding and perspective in the struggles that may face students in their pursuit of a higher education and a better life. To that end, Dr. Pedraja is a true example for all of QCC’s current and future students, faculty and staff. Currently that includes over 1,000 full- and part-time employees and over 13,000 students who are annually serviced through the college.
In his inaugural President’s Message, Dr. Pedraja noted some of the things that make QCC special.
“At QCC, you will not only receive a world-class education, but you will also receive the support that you need to succeed. Our small class size, as well as advising, tutoring, and other support mechanisms are in place to ensure that you receive the personalized attention and assistance you need to complete your education as efficiently as possible,” he said, adding, “We live in a global economy, and QCC has positioned our academic programs and facilities to offer instruction that not only addresses today’s demands, but sets you on the path to gain the skills and knowledge for tomorrow’s economic needs.”
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Pedraja to QCC!