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Regina Peruggi

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Preceded by  Fred Malamet
Religion  Roman Catholic
Name  Regina Peruggi
Children  None
Role  Educator
Profession  Educator

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Alma mater  College of New Rochelle New York University Teachers College, Columbia University
Spouse  Rudy Giuliani (m. 1968–1982)
Education  College of New Rochelle, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York University, Columbia University
Similar People  Rudy Giuliani, Donna Hanover, Judith Giuliani

Succeeded by  Stuart Suss (interim)

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Regina S. Peruggi (born September 1, 1946) is an American educator who was the President of Kingsborough Community College from 2005 to 2014, the first woman to hold that position in the college's 40-year history. She is also known as the first wife of Rudy Giuliani, who would subsequently become Mayor of New York and a U.S. presidential candidate.


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Life and career

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Peruggi grew up in a middle class family in The Bronx in New York City. She attended Roman Catholic parochial schools. She gained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the College of New Rochelle in 1967.

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She was married to Rudy Giuliani, who is her second cousin and whom she had known since childhood, on October 26, 1968 in a large Roman Catholic ceremony in Bedford Park, The Bronx. She started her career as a drug abuse counselor in a state jail. She worked as a teacher at the elementary school, college, and graduate school levels. In 1974 she joined York College of The City University of New York, then moved to Washington, D.C. with Giuliani and worked as a coordinator at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. The couple returned to New York in 1977, but had become separated to some degree. Then around 1980 she went back to school, and then earned a Master of Business Administration from New York University. Giuliani filed for legal separation from Peruggi on August 12, 1982; a civil divorce was issued by the end of the year. A Roman Catholic Church annulment of the Giuliani-Peruggi marriage was granted at the end of 1983 on the grounds that they had not obtained a church dispensation for second cousins once removed to marry; Giuliani later said he had believed they were third cousins. The two had no children.

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By 1984 Peruggi worked in the central office of the City University system, and again went back to school at night, now earning a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. By 1986 she had become an Associate Dean for the whole City University system, specializing in adult education programs. In 1990 she was named president of Marymount Manhattan College, a position she held for eleven years; during this time the college's enrollment doubled. She served as the second President of the Central Park Conservancy from 2001 to 2004, where she sought to continue its restoration via increased fund-raising and appeared on the PBS reality television show Back to the Floor.

Peruggi was then named president of Kingsborough Community College in May 2004. There she had a salary of over $200,000. Under Peruggi's leadership, Kingsborough Community College experienced record-high enrollment numbers. It was also named one of the top four community colleges in the country when it was chosen as a Finalist with Distinction for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Having reached age 65, she announced she was stepping down in April 2014, effective at the end of the coming summer.

Peruggi has served on the board of directors of the GreenPoint Foundation, the American Red Cross of Greater New York, the Silver Shield Foundation, and the Center for Redirection Through Education. In 2006 she was honored as a 2006 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. By 2009, Peruggi was the Chairperson Emerita and Chairperson of the Commissioners of the Women's Commission For Refugee Women and Children; on the Board of Managers of the Havens Relief Fund Society; and on the boards of Berkeley College, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula High School, the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and the International Longevity Center. In 2008, Peruggi was named to the Commission on Lifelong Learning of the American Council on Education and around the same time was named to the Advisory Board of the Student World Assembly.


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