Passing of Professor Emeritus Judith Kerrins, School of Education

To: Campus Community
From: Public Affairs and Publications

It greatly saddens us to announce that Professor Emeritus Judith Kerrins passed away on July 18 in Chico. She was 71.

A former school district superintendent in Colorado, Kerrins received her doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984 and was hired at Chico State in 1991. She taught in the School of Education’s Preliminary Administrative Credential Program; her emphasis was on preparing school administrators who use research to inform their decision making. Her recent research involved the study of school leaders, including an investigation of strategies for redefining the work of school principals and studies investigating the relationship of emotional intelligence to principal expertise. She presented research at conferences both locally and abroad.

Kerrins served as president of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration and president of the CSU, Chico chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international association for professional educators, which recognized her with a Service Key Award. She was named Professor of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators and also traveled to South Africa as a Fulbright Summer Scholar.

Kerrins retired in 2007, when she began teaching part-time under the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP). She was voted faculty emerita in 2012 and completed her FERP in 2013.

“Judith was committed to helping students develop the contextualized, historical perspective of legal issues effecting public education,” said Debbie Summers, chair, School of Education. “She believed that students need to see, feel and internalize the drama, daring and conflict of the times. Her teaching reflected these beliefs.”

Kerrins is survived by her partner, Katherine Cushing, professor emerita in the Department of Psychology at CSU, Chico. Services were held July 29 in Chico. The University Flag was lowered July 24 in her honor.