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California State University Honors Perata with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

(April 28, 2008) – California State Senate President pro Tem Don Perata has been selected to receive a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the California State University system during the CSU’s annual Legislative Day luncheon at the Sacramento Convention Center on April 28th. 

The CSU’s students, alumni, Board of Trustees, Chancellor, and the 23 campus presidents will honor Perata for his work in support of higher education.

 “Senator Perata has been a key force in fighting for increased public higher education funding,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “His commitment to education and dedication to public service has contributed to a higher quality of life for all Californians."

Perata started his government service as a member of Alameda County Board of Supervisors and currently represents California’s 9th Senate District. He has been unanimously elected President pro Tem three times by the members of the California State Senate.

“I am honored to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the California State University,” said Perata.  “I understand the vital role higher education plays in California’s economy.”

The CSU Alumni Legislative Day, held every spring, is a key opportunity for the CSU's 23 campuses to come together in Sacramento and collectively advocate for the CSU, the state leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

During the day, participants, including CSU alumni leaders, campus representatives, donors and community members from each legislative district visit legislators to discuss the critical role the CSU has in maintaining California’s economic prosperity.

Also receiving the award along with President pro Tem Perata is California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

Last Update: April 28, 2008

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