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Bill Booker ’74

"President Geraldine M. Jones." Has a great ring to it! Congratulations, Gerri, on a life's work culminating in your Inauguration as President of our beloved Cal. Great story! I am happy for you and your family and so very proud of you. I look forward to your leadership and friendship as we enter the next great phase in our history. All the best!”

Alisha Carter ’06, ’11
“Greetings President Jones. Congratulations on your extraordinary accomplishment of becoming the first woman and first African American president at Cal U. What a historic event!”
 
Dennis Carson ’05
“As an Alumni and Staff member I would like to extend my Congratulations to you President Jones!”     
 
Donna Caruthers, PhD, RN
"Congratulations on becoming the seventh president of California University of Pennsylvania. It is my hope that your presidency yields great success for our university. My best wishes to you on this important milestone in your career.”
 
Eric Guiser
“Congratulations President Jones.”        
 
Laura Miller
“Thank you for continuing to stand by Cal U through all these years.  Through your leadership, I truly believe that Cal U will remain among the great state institutions for higher learning.  Congratulations on your new presidency and I wish you many years of success.”
 
Missy Dunn ’95, ’97
"On behalf of Gary, Sydney and myself, we would like to congratulate you becoming the 7th President of California University of PA. As alumni, staff members and members of the California community we are excited to see where you will take our wonderful University and we are proud to be a part of this special time at Cal U!”
 
Randis Doster ’01
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams
Congratulations and best wishes.”
 
Amanda Rbaibi
 “My best wishes for you as President of California University of Pennsylvania! Congrats!”          
 
Renee Logue
"President Jones, Congratulations on your Inauguration as California University President.  I wish you all the best today and in the future."             
 
Rhonda Gifford
Congratulations on your inauguration! Best wishes as you lead the University into a bright future.          
 
Peter Cormas
"Dear President Jones, Congratulations on this honor and best wishes for the future.”   
 
Michael Napolitano ’68
"Congratulations President Jones. It's so wonderful to watch our beloved school to reach at a higher level.  With a leader like yourself, it's guaranteed that this goal will be achieved. Good Luck Gerri.  So sorry I cannot make the festivities. Enjoy the day. "
 
Traci Necciai
“Congratulations President Jones!!!!”   
 
Bill Flinn ’68
"Congratulations Gerri, You are very deserving of this honor.  I am happy for you and your family.  California University is blessed to have such a wonderful person to be leading us into the future. It has been my great pleasure to have worked with you through the Foundation. But even more I have come to know you and Jeff as my friend. God bless you!”             

Heidi Williams ’83, ’98
“Congratulations President Jones!  What a privilege to participate in the inauguration of a president for California University of Pennsylvania.  But even more so since I have also been privileged to work for you in the office of Academic Affairs and prior to that in the College of Education.  In the many years that we have worked together I have learned so much from you.  The wisdom I have observed you display when working through a problem is amazing.  Your ability to assess a situation and come up with a solution when it seems none exists, has been inspiring. Going back to your educator roots you guide others to explore the possibilities and come up with the best option available. Thank you for your loyalty and lifelong dedication to Cal U.  Enjoy your success as you truly deserve it.”         

Valerie Wilson Paulisick ’73
"I am thrilled to send my congratulations! I am an old classmate from 1973! I have been hired as adjunct by CalU in Social Work to teach a course and monitor MSW interns! I have been watching for you on campus but we have not crossed direct paths yet!  I will be there Friday and am so pleased for your success! Your positive and caring way continue, we are lucky to have you as our leader!”

John and Diane Carom
“Gerri, I sincerely hope that the people associated with CALU understand your devotion to the university. It's a rare person who dedicates themselves to one cause these days and I am proud to know you. Our best to you and your family always.”
 
Phil Coleman
"I regret that I cannot attend President Jones' inauguration. I want to congratulate Gerri as enthusiastically as possible. I knew Gerri's parents before I knew her, and I was delighted when she agreed to join our Special Programs department. I have followed her career in amazement ever since. Congratulations, President Jones!"
 
Rebecca Hess
"As a faculty member in the health and exercise sciences, it has been an honor and delight to serve under your administration through your stay as college dean to University President! Congratulations and good health to you President Jones!"                            
 
Marianne Gideon
"Congratulations on your Presidency and inauguration as the University's seventh president. Best wishes for your continued leadership of Cal U!”

Thomas R. (Dick) Feightner '71
"We met last year at the basketball games. I generally sit behind you and your husband, and we spoke at halftime while snacking with the Fastbreak Club members. Graduating from Cal in 1971, I was the one who remembered you singing "What the World Needs Now, is Love Sweet Love" during the Miss CSC pageant. Lol! Anyhow, Congratulations and Best Wishes as your inauguration is forthcoming!"

Weifeng Chen
"Congratulations! I will keep working diligently under your leadership to serve our students and university. Best wishes." 

Diana Irey Vaughan
"May God bless you as you lead California University!"

Haley Cowell '03, '12
"I feel very honored as an alumni of California University that you earned the privilege to be the President of the university. I feel they chose a very capable, caring, and an all around wonderful woman for the job. I know that you will be a wonderful President. You are very easy to talk to, and a very good listener. Thank-you for all of the situations that you helped me with when I was a student."

Norma J. Ryan, lifetime Brownsville resident 
"Honorable Gerri Jones, I send my very best wishes and congratulations to you on this outstanding achievement as President of CAL U. Brownsville has truly provided the foundation for great education and confidence to move forward with the gifts God has given each of you. May you enjoy many years of leadership as you move the university ahead and continue to provide the outstanding opportunities available to young people of all origins."
 
Melvin Sally
"Congratulations and best wishes for your continued stellar leadership"
 
Nancy ('66) and Tom ('64) Crumrine
"Nancy & I are so proud of you. We are sorry we will not be able to attend your inauguration due to a pre-planned vacation. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, Jeff and your family on your VERY SPECIAL DAY."

Mary Randall
"I want to congratulate you on being selected as Cal U President. I have always appreciated your efforts on behalf of faculty, staff and students. Congratulations!

Citations and congratulatory letters have been received from:

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Bloomsburg University

Butler County Community College

Clarion University of Pennsylvania 

Community College of Philadelphia

Congressman Bill Shuster

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Geneva College

La Roche College

Leigh Carbon Community College

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Mercyhurst University

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

Point Park University

Quaker Valley School District

Saint Vincent College

Seton Hill University

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Thiel College

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

Washington County Board of Commissioners

Waynesburg University

West Virginia University

Widener University

YWCA Westmoreland County