Regina Peruggi

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Regina Peruggi
Regina Peruggi delivers an address at Kingsborough Community College's June 2008 commencement ceremony.
President of
Kingsborough Community College
In office
January 2005 – August 2014
Preceded byFred Malamet[1]
Succeeded byStuart Suss (interim)[2]
President of Marymount Manhattan College
In office
Personal details
Born (1946-09-01) September 1, 1946 (age 72)
Spouse(s)Rudy Giuliani (1968–1982)
Alma materCollege of New Rochelle (B.A.)
New York University (MBA)
Teachers College, Columbia University (Ph.D)
ProfessionEducator, Administrator

Regina S. Peruggi (born September 1, 1946)[3] 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.[4] She is also known as the first wife and second cousin of Rudy Giuliani, who would subsequently become Mayor of New York and a U.S. presidential candidate.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Peruggi grew up in a middle class family in The Bronx[6] where she attended Roman Catholic parochial schools.[6] She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the College of New Rochelle in 1967.[6][7]

She began her career as a drug abuse counselor in a state jail.[7][8] She worked as a teacher at the elementary school, college, and graduate school levels.[7] In 1974 she joined York College of The City University of New York,[7] before moving to Washington, D.C. with Giuliani to work as a coordinator at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington.[9] The couple returned to New York in 1977.[10][11] She soon returned to school,[12] earning a MBA from New York University.[7]

By 1984 Peruggi worked in the central office of the City University system, and returned to school at night,[12] earning a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.[7] By 1986, she had become an Associate Dean for the City University system, specializing in adult education programs.[7] 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.[7] A community meeting room at Marymount is named in her honor. She served as the second President of the Central Park Conservancy from 2001 to 2004,[7] where she sought to continue its restoration[12] via increased fundraising.[6]

Peruggi was named president of Kingsborough Community College in May 2004.[7] Under Peruggi's leadership, the college experienced record-high enrollment numbers.[13]and was named one of the top community colleges in the country. She announced she was stepping down from her position at the end of the 2014 school year.[2][13]

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.[7] In 2006, she was honored as a 2006 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.[14] In 2009, Peruggi was the Chairperson Emerita and Chairperson of the Commissioners of the Women's Commission For Refugee Women and Children.

She has been a board member of the Havens Relief Fund Society, 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.[15] In 2008, Peruggi joined the Commission on Lifelong Learning of the American Council on Education and the Advisory Board of the Student World Assembly.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Peruggi married Rudy Giuliani, her second cousin she had known since childhood, on October 26, 1968 in a large Roman Catholic ceremony in Bedford Park, Bronx.

Giuliani filed for legal separation from Peruggi on August 12, 1982;[10] a civil divorce was issued by the end of the year.[6] A Roman Catholic Church annulment of the Giuliani-Peruggi marriage was granted at the end of 1983[10] on the grounds that they had not obtained a church dispensation for second cousins to marry;[16] Giuliani later said he had believed they were third cousins.[17] The couple had no children.[18]


  1. ^ August Tuosto, "History of Kingsborough Community College". Accessed June 16, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "CUNY Board Appoints Stuart Suss as Interim President of Kingsborough Community College" Press release, City University of New York, April 29, 2013. Accessed June 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Karen Arenson, " CUNY Board Approves Three For Presidencies at Its Colleges", The New York Times, May 25, 2004. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Joan Baum, "President Regina S. Peruggi, Kingsborough Community College", Education Update, January 2005. Accessed March 16, 2007.
  5. ^ Wayne Barrett, Rudy!: An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, Basic Books, 2000, ISBN 0-7567-6114-X, p. 71.
  6. ^ a b c d e Lynda Richardson, "A Scholarly Fund-Raiser's Stroll to the Park", The New York Times, May 4, 2001. Accessed April 6, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Press release, "Dr. Regina S. Peruggi is Named President of Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York", Kingsborough Community College, May 25, 2004. Accessed March 16, 2007.
  8. ^ Barrett, p. 72
  9. ^ Barrett, p. 95.
  10. ^ a b c "title unknown" Archived 2007-04-01 at the Wayback Machine., Newsday, October 22, 1989.
  11. ^ Barrett, p. 96-97.
  12. ^ a b c "Regina Peruggi, President, Central Park Conservancy", Education Update, March 2004. Accessed March 16, 2007.
  13. ^ a b Ned Burke, "Exclusive: Kingsborough President Regina Peruggi To Retire This Summer", Sheepshead Bites, April 15, 2013. Accessed June 2, 2014.
  14. ^ "Golden Honors Regina Peruggi" Press release, New York State Senate, July 6, 2006. Accessed April 19, 2007.
  15. ^ a b "Job Creation and Workforce Development Summit", New York City Global Partners, City of New York, June 25, 2009. Accessed November 12, 2009.
  16. ^ "Giuliani to Wed at Gracie Mansion", CBS News, April 25, 2003. Accessed March 16, 2007.
  17. ^ Barry Bearak, Ian Fisher, "Race for City Hall: The Republican Candidate; A Mercurial Mayor's Confident Journey", The New York Times, October 19, 1997. Accessed May 16, 2007.
  18. ^ "All not in the family for GOP hopeful Giuliani", CNN, 2007-03-06. Accessed 2007-12-12.