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Angel Perez, Ph.D.

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, Trinity College

Focus Area: Access

Hartford, Connecticut
Office Representing: Enrollment Management

Angel B. Perez currently serves as vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In this role he oversees admissions and financial aid, retention, career development, student success and Trinity College's adult degree program. Perez, who also teaches in the college's educational studies program, devotes much of his time at the college to strategizing about how to help students succeed.  

How did you first get interested in or involved in higher education issues?

"I was a low-income, first-generation college student. I live a life that I could never have imagined for myself, and know that would have never been possible without educational opportunity. Higher education was so transformative for me that the minute I graduated from college, I knew my mission in life would be to pay it forward."

Why did you apply to be a part of the Forward50? What drew you to this opportunity?

"I am deeply committed to creating greater access and educational opportunity for students in the next generation. The future of our nation's success lies in educational opportunity for all who seek it. It's not only my life's work, but it is deeply personal to me. I am determined to paving the way for others to have the opportunity I was given in higher education."

Leadership roles with professional associations:

  • New England Board of Higher Education: Board Member
  • Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts: Trustee
  • United World College in Costa Rica: Trustee
  • Hartford Youth Scholars Program: Trustee

Membership(s) held with other professional associations:

  • National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)