2015 Distinguished Alumnus
Superintendent, Little Lake City School District
1988, Doctorate, Curriculum and Study of Schooling, UCLA
1981, Master of Arts, Educational Administration, CSULB
1981, California Administrative Services Credential, CSULB
1980, California Bilingual Specialist Teaching Credential, CSULB
1976, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, CSULB
1976 California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, CSULB
Hailed as an effective leader and a strategic thinker who embraces purposeful school reform, Phillip Pérez has led the Little Lake City School District — the school district he attended as a child — since being appointed superintendent of that 4,600-student school district in 2001. Previously, Pérez served as deputy superintendent, as director of instructional services (K-6), and as director of curriculum (K-6) for the Riverside Unified School District, and prior to that, he worked as both a school principal and a classroom teacher.
During Pérez’s tenure as principal, Revere Elementary School was named a “California Distinguished School” in recognition of its success in narrowing achievement gaps. In 1988, Pérez received the California Department of Education’s national Milken Educator Award, and in 1998, he was honored as one of the Inland Empire’s “Most Influential Latinos.”
He is the recipient of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Distinguished Service Award and was the ACSA Region XV Superintendent of the Year Nominee in 2014. A proud alumnus of CSULB, Pérez has been an annual fund donor since 2005 and a collaborator with the College of Education for more than a decade; he also serves on the CSULB Education Advisory Committee.
Pérez and his wife of 35 years, Edna, a CSULB alumna and retired elementary school teacher, have three daughters. In addition to spending time with his family — which now includes his first grandchild, born in December 2014 — Pérez enjoys golfing, biking, exercising, reading, and traveling.
From Alumni Awards 2015 program