Susan M. Keith, a long-standing member of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, was recognized by the Community College League of California (CCLC) for her many years of service.
In May 2020, Mrs. Keith was presented with a Fulfilling the Trust award. Designed to recognize the enduring dedication and service of California’s community colleges trustees, the Fulfilling the Trust award is given to those trustees who have achieved 20 years of service at a California community college.
First elected to serve as Claremont’s representative on the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees in 1999, Trustee Keith has since been reelected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
“I am so pleased that Trustee Keith has received a Fulfilling the Trust award from the CCLC. Her passion for education and commitment to serving others have benefitted Citrus College and its students for more than 20 years,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. “On behalf of the entire college community, I congratulate Trustee Keith on this honor and thank her for the many years of leadership she has provided.”
In addition to serving the Citrus Community College District, Trustee Keith was elected twice by her peers across the state to serve on the board of the California Community College Trustees. She also served as a resource team member for the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative established by the California Community Colleges Chancellor to assist colleges with accreditation.
When she is not advocating on behalf of California’s community colleges, Trustee Keith is active in her community. She served 12 years as a member and past president of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education. She also served as president of the Baldy View Regional Occupational Program Commission and as a member on the board of directors for a number of organizations, including Options for Learning, the Citrus College Foundation, the Claremont Forum, the League of Women Voters of the Mount Baldy Area, the Kiwanis Club of Claremont and the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.
“I am incredibly honored to receive a Fulfilling the Trust award from the CCLC,” said Trustee Keith, who currently serves as vice president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. “It is a privilege to serve as a trustee for a college that has received so many honors for its outstanding record of student success. It’s also wonderful to have worked statewide for the biggest system of higher education in the world, the California community colleges. We provide a variety of opportunities, from educating first responders to helping future research scientists begin their educational journey. The California community colleges do it all!”
Trustee Keith’s dedication to her community and its students has earned her several recognitions. She has received the Ruth Ordway Award from the League of Women Voters of Mount Baldy Area, the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award and the Community Hero Award from the Los Angeles County Fair, among others.
“Sue is a tireless champion of Citrus College and its students. The insight and vision she brings to the board is invaluable, and I am so happy that her service is being recognized,” said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. “It is an honor to serve beside Sue, and I am certain my fellow board members join me in offering our heartfelt congratulations.”