Mark Perry is co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors for San Joaquin Valley College, Inc., which governs Ember Education, San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) and Carrington College. He has the responsibility of conducting corporate meetings that shape college operations, reporting and growth.
As one of the founding family members of SJVC that began in 1977, Mark (with his brother Mike Perry) supported parents Robert and Shirley Perry’s dream to bring higher education and training to their small Visalia, Calif., community. The brothers took ownership of SJVC in 1995 and expanded the original vision to include 15 campuses in Central, Northern and Southern California that provide 20-plus career-focused programs to their communities.
Prior to his retirement in 2015, Mark’s influence, honed by instrumental positions he held in Admissions, Marketing, corporate representation and - for over 20-years - President of the College, was felt in every facet of decision-making and operation.
He has represented both SJVC and the community service ideals his parents instilled in their sons through a spirit of giving. His philanthropy, support and leadership have helped to shape communities and provide opportunities to its populations.
Mark’s history of community service includes Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation, Member of the Board; Visalia Breakfast Rotary; member of Rotary District 5230, Youth Exchange Committee; Visalia Education and Training Council. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Sequoia Council Boy Scouts of America and received the Good Scouter of the Year award.