Trinity College welcomed two new members of the College’s senior team during the late spring and summer: Angel B. Pérez began work as vice president for enrollment and student success on June 1, while Joseph J. DiChristina started on July 20 as dean of campus life and vice president for student affairs.
Pérez is responsible for the areas of admissions, financial aid, institutional research and planning, career development, and student retention. He also conducts research on noncognitive measures that predict student success. His goal is to admit a talented and diverse class while using research and best practices to ensure their success. He comes to Trinity from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he served as vice president and dean of admission and financial aid. Throughout his career, he has served in secondary and higher education leadership positions on both coasts of the United States and travels globally to speak on issues of American education.
Pérez earned a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, among other distinctions, and is the author of numerous articles. Pérez’s appointment followed the announcement in summer 2014 of the retirement of Larry Dow ’73, Trinity’s former dean of admissions and financial aid.
DiChristina comes to Trinity from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he served as dean of students since 2001. There he managed operations and guided planning for 16 student life departments and was the founding director of that college’s award-winning Center for Experiential Learning. Previously, he served at Oberlin College in Ohio in several areas, including residential life, campus safety and security, and student activities, before being appointed associate dean of students.
DiChristina earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Beloit College and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Akron. He succeeded Fred Alford, who announced his retirement as dean of students in summer 2014.