Regina S Peruggi is an American educator. She is best known for serving as president of ‘Kingsborough Community College,’ Brooklyn, New York, from 2005 to 2014. She was the first lady to hold the position in the academy’s 40-year history. She is also known as first wife of Rudy Giuliani, the 107th major of New York, to whom she was married from 1968 to 1982. Born in The Bronx in New York, Regina grew up in a middle-class family. She studied at Roman Catholic parochial schools and later majored in sociology from the ‘College of New Rochelle’ in 1967. She started her career as a drug abuse counselor and then went on to work as an elementary school and graduate school teacher. Regina, however, had a tumultuous personal life. She married her second cousin, Rudy Giuliani, and later separated from him. She has no children.
Regina S Peruggi began her professional career as a drug abuse counselor. In 1974, she became a member of the ‘York College’ of ‘The City University of New York.’ Later, she joined the ‘Psychiatric Institute of Washington,’ where she worked as a coordinator. By 1984, she had joined the central office of the ‘City University’ system and later went on to serve as an associate dean of ‘City University.’
In 1990, Regina started serving as the president of ‘Marymount Manhattan College.’ After working there for 11 years, she joined the ‘Central Park Conservancy’ in 2001, where she served as the second president. In May 2004, she was named the president of New York’s ‘Kingsborough Community College.’ During her tenure, the academy had record-high enrollment numbers and was also listed as one of the top four community colleges in the US. Regina stepped down from the position in August 2014, at the age of 65.
Regina has also served on the board of directors of the ‘Silver Shield Foundation,’ the ‘GreenPoint Foundation,’ the ‘Center for Redirection Through Education,’ and the ‘American Red Cross of Greater New York.’ In 2006, she was honored with the title of the ‘New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.’ Then, until 2009, she served on the boards of the ‘Havens Relief Fund Society,’ ‘Berkeley College,’ the ‘Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation,’ the ‘Academy of Mount St. Ursula High School,’ the ‘International Longevity Center,’ the ‘Student World Assembly,’ and the ‘Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.’ During this time, Regina also served as the chairperson of the ‘Women's Refugee Commission.’ She also worked at the ‘American Council on Education.’
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Regina was born in 1947 in the US. She studied at Roman Catholic parochial schools. In 1967, she earned a BA degree in sociology from the ‘College of New Rochelle.’ Later, she earned her MBA from the prestigious ‘New York University.’ Regina then went on to attend ‘Teachers College, Columbia University’ to earn her “Doctor of Education.”
Regina married the 107th mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, in 1968. In 1982, her husband filed for divorce, and a year later, they were guaranteed a ‘Roman Catholic Church’ annulment on the grounds that they did not have a church dispensation for second cousins to marry.