SCC is about to lose some of its fashion luster. Dr. Eric Pellegrino, Vice President of Academic Affairs, will be retiring shortly.
For those who don’t know Dr. Pellegrino by name, you know him on sight. This is the effervescent gentleman always shaking hands of students and families at various events, genuinely asking how you are doing this day, and, most notably, introducing a sartorial splash of color to our day. Most of us don’t truly reflect our personalities in our wardrobes, but Dr. Pellegrino does. A native of upstate New York, he has felt compelled to brighten the world with his attire. The brilliance of his pink, purple, lime green and every color in the rainbow shirts/jackets/trousers/neckties make you smile, even in the depths of a dreary winter afternoon. What you see, is emblematic of the man’s personality.
Dr. Pellegrino, first and foremost, respects learning. He strives to meet the needs of our students, faculty, and the College community, enhancing our service to our constituency. Throughout his many years in higher education, he has served in various capacities, but his favorite still seems to be the classroom. He is always teaching, even when he is serving as an administrator. Problems are simply teachable moments for him.
A graduate of Virginia Tech, even his academic regalia, only visible at Commencement and Convocation, makes a clear statement of positiveness. He loves the collegiate world. Most of all, he values the closeness that the community college, particularly Salem Community College, can provide students, faculty, and staff alike. This is most exemplified when you see him before an event such as Nursing Convocation, or PTK Induction, or even Commencement, “working the crowd.” His love of people is demonstrated daily.
So, in this forum, I want to thank Dr. Eric Pellegrino for his contributions to Salem Community College, the individual students who he has assisted, the faculty he has nurtured, the classes he has organized, and the place he has earned us in the county. Most of all, I want to thank my friend and mentor, Eric Pellegrino, for all the lessons he has taught me over these past few years.
Not only will the man be missed, his colorful persona can’t be replaced