Angel B. Pérez

Angel B. Pérez was appointed as Trinity’s vice president for enrollment and student success on November 20, 2014, and he joined the college on June 1, 2015. In this senior-level position, Pérez leads efforts in admissions, financial aid, career development, student success, retention, and the Individualized Degree Program. During his tenure, he’s also led institutional research. Pérez is credited with transforming enrollment by adopting a values-based, student-centered approach. These efforts resulted in the most diverse classes in the college’s history and surges in academic quality, yield, and campus culture. A staunch advocate for test-optional policies, liberal arts, first-generation students, and internationalization, he is frequently called upon as a speaker on these issues across the globe.

Pérez founded the Office of Student Success and leads strategic retention efforts. His career development strategic planning efforts resulted in new initiatives to best prepare liberal arts graduates for a changing workforce. Among them are design thinking, meaningful work programs, first-generation student support, career coaching, leadership training, and fellowships.

Pérez is a Fulbright alumnus and serves on Fulbright peer review. He was a fellow at the Bowen Institute for Policy Studies in Higher Education and was appointed by Connecticut’s governor to the New England Board of Higher Education. Pérez recently was named to Forward50, a Gates-funded initiative to address higher education’s challenges and to present solutions to Congress. He serves as a trustee at United World College (Costa Rica), Berkshire School, and Hartford Youth Scholars. He is former chair of diversity for Skidmore College’s Alumni Association and chair of deans for the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Pérez teaches in the Educational Studies Department and offers courses in design thinking. He works with Trinity students on research and publishes regularly. In the summer, he serves as an international visiting faculty member at Rikkyo University, Trinity’s partner in Japan. Pérez has received several prestigious awards, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s John B. Muir Editor Award for most significant contribution to the association’s Journal of College Admission, two awards from Claremont Graduate University for excellence in the study of higher education, and several counseling and student affairs association awards for his leadership on behalf of low-income, first-generation college students.

Pérez holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, and a certification in higher education pedagogy from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University.