Chief Executive Officer/President
As CEO/President of Ember Education, a division of San Joaquin Valley College, Inc., Mike Perry oversees the operation, growth and accountability of all educational entities operating under San Joaquin Valley College, Inc. His mission is to provide the highest outcomes for students and graduates on all San Joaquin Valley College and Carrington College campuses Ember Ed serves.
As co-owner/CEO and member of San Joaquin Valley College, Inc.’s Board of Directors, Mike directs the college teams toward continued success.
A member of the founding family of San Joaquin Valley College, Mike has made private college education his life’s work. His parents Robert and Shirley Perry started San Joaquin Valley College in 1977, and Mike and his brother Mark held the most menial jobs to further their family’s vision of career training for their small community. The brothers assumed ownership and full operation of the College and its many campuses in 1995. Mark Perry has since retired from college operations.
Giving back to his community through personal involvement and financial support is a life-long philosophy and practice for Mike. He has been an active Rotarian since 2005, serving most recently as Vice President. He has served his professional community as a Board Member and Chairman of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) and is a member of the Board of Governors for both San Joaquin Valley College and Carrington College. Mike was a 2010 recipient of CAPPS Hall of Fame STAR Award, which honors sector leaders who are absolute in their dedication to education and students.
In his hometown, participation as a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Visalia Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in his expression of community support. Mike was the honored recipient of the Visalia Junior Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year award.