RCCD Alumnus of the Year

The RCCD Alumnus of the Year was created in 1959, to recognize alumni who not only have made an impact in their professions but who also have contri​buted to their communities, the district             and/or the individual colleges.

Click here​ to nominate for RCCD Alumnus of the Year.​

Ana Maria Espinoza


Julius B. Thomas
Riverside City College, Class of 1986
Distinguished counselor, philanthropist and political activist for higher education

Julius B. Thomas was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He came to California on an assignment with the United States Air Force, where he served as an active duty airman. In 1984, Thomas enrolled at Riverside City College. During his time at RCC, he thrived as a scholar and athlete for the Tigers Men's basketball team. He was an outstanding student athlete who played baskeball for Coach David Waxman. He was recruited by division one schools, but decided to stay local and transferred to the University of California, Riverside, after graduating from RCC with an associate of arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. 

He earned a double major in Psychology and Sociology from UCR and then obtained a master's degree in Educational Counseling and Guidance with a Pupil Personnel Services credential from California State, San Bernardino. For the last 17 years, Thomas has worked as a counselor at Rio Hondo College. He has served in may roles such as athletic counselor, transfer center director, and department chair. Thomas is a firm believer in giving back to the community college system that helped shape him.

Thomas is passionate about social justice and served as director of Ethnic, Racial & Minority for the California Community College Association. He serves on the board of directors for the National Education Association and is an active member of the California Teachers Association. His mission is to advocate and help formulate public education nationwide.

Previous Alumni of the Year Recipients​​
​​​Donate Now​​​​​



Contact Us

​Mailing Address
4800 Magnolia Ave.​
​Riverside, CA 92506

​Office Location
​3564 Ramona Drive
​Riverside, CA 92506-1299
Phone: (951) 222-8626


Virginia Blumenthal, J.D.
Riverside City Colleg
e, Class of 1968 Founding Attorney, Blumenthal Law Offices 

Virginia Blumenthal is known throughout the community for her expertise in the courtroom and her dedication to Riverside Community College District. ​ An alumna of Poly High School and Riverside City College, Virginia’s Riverside roots are grounded deeply in her hometown. Her parents lived in a Wood Streets home directly across from the College, her mother attended a class and worked at RCC, and Virginia and her sister learned early in life to work hard, care for others, and strive to make a difference.

 Complete List of Recipients​

2016 - Virginia Blumenthal
2013 - Rod Piazza
​2010 - Jerry Louder
2007 - William Emmerson
2004 - Eugene D. Humphreys
2001 - Tom Mullen
1998 - Judith A. Nieburger
1995 - Nicholas E. Tavaglione
1992 - Rodolpho Castro
1989 - John Coudures
1986 - Charles Bracker
1983 - Admiral Alan E. Hill
1980 - Major General Andrew Pringle, Jr.
1977 - Senator Robert Presley​
1974 - Mine Okubo
1971 - John Gabbert
1968 - Frances W. Mills
1965 - Eliot J. Swan
1962 - Omer W. Wheeler
1959 - O.W. Noble

ana espinoza


Ana Maria Espinoza
Riverside City College, Class of 1975
Director of missionary organization, 
His for the Fields, and United Farm Workers Union activist

To the crowd gathered in Calexico to hear farm labor leader Cesar Chavez in 1974, it was a calming embrace. For Ana Maria Espinoza, it was the beginning of a life-long journey. She was among a group of  students from Riverside City College and UC Riverside, who had chartered Greyhound buses and packed U-Haul trucks with food for the trip to donate money they had raised for the United Farmer Workers Union.

2015 - Ana Maria Espinoza
2012 - Nicolas D. Ferguson
2009 - Marion Ashley
2006 - Gary Rawlings
2003 - Gene Gleeson
2000 - Clayton A. Record, Jr.
1997 - Ernest Robles
1994 - Gary A. Best
1991 - Charles A. Kane 
1988 - Ruth Kirkby
1985 - Bob Fitch
1982 - Bart R. Singletary
1979 - Edna Bailey Lockhart
1976 - Anita Mackey
1973 - George Moody
1970 - Jess Hill
1967 - Rex Brandt
1964 - Chester Carlson
1961 - Ray Engleman
Kathy Wright


Kathy Wright, Ed.D
Riverside City College, Class of 1968
Retired Superintendent, Alvord Unified School District

Kathy Wright attended RCC in 1966 and transferred to San Diego State University where she obtained her bachelor's degree and teaching credential. She earned her master's degree from UC Riverside and doctorate degree from the University of La Verne. Kathy spent 37 years in education, first as a teacher then as a principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superint​endent. Wright serves on multiple committees and boards, including the RCCD Foundation Scholarship Committee, and is a member of the Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars.​

2014 - Kathy Wright

2011 - Nick Goldware
2008 - Susan Straight
2005 - Robert A. Wolf
2002 - Ameal Moore
1999 - Norm Martin
1996 - Donald McCoy
1993 - Patsy Martin McCoy​
1990 - Leo Baca
1987 - Helen Bottel
1984 - Patrick Maloy​
1981 - Robert Patton
1978 - Albert D. Brown, Jr.
1975 - John Neblett
1972 - Rupert Castro & Sister Amelia M. Goethals
1969 - Harold Butterfield & Gen Robert F. Worley
1966 - James Mercereau
1963 - Fred Oldendorf
​1960 - Russell S. Waite​