Lawrence Thomas Geraty was appointed to the California Postsecondary Education Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 16, 2007 to represent the independent California colleges and universities. His term expires on December 31, 2010.
Mr. Geraty recently retired as President of La Sierra University in Riverside. Since his appointment as President Emeritus, he continues to assist La Sierra University's new president and remains active in the community. Mr. Geraty's most impressive accomplishments has been his ability to remain active as an archaeologist and churchman while serving as President of La Sierra University.
He grew up as a citizen of the world as he was part of a Seventh-day Adventist missionary family who lived and worked in China, Burma, Hong Kong, and Lebanon. He received a rich educational experience by attending schools in China, Hong Kong, Lebanon, England, Germany, France, Israel, California, Maryland, Michigan, and Massachusetts. These experiences set him on a lifelong course committed to the values of diversity. He has lectured all over the world and contributed to numerous publications (edited 8 books, contributed to 30, authored some 50 articles in scholarly journals and hundreds in popular publications).
Mr. Geraty and his wife, Gillian, have a daughter in Colorado, a son in Michigan, and between them five grandchildren.