Dr Don Perlgut – Chief Executive Officer
As the CEO of Community Colleges Australia (CCA), Dr Don Perlgut has worked to strengthen CCA’s research, communications and advocacy activities. Prior to his commencement as CCA CEO in 2015, he worked as the CEO of three other organisations, including the Rural Health Education Foundation and the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC). Don has also worked as Deputy Leader of ASIC’s Community Outreach Program; Executive Officer of The Bright Alliance, UNSW Faculty of Medicine; and a business development manager for both the Australian Institute of Management (NSW/ACT) and a start-up IT company.
As ABC TV Project Manager, Open Learning and Adult Education, Don had responsibility for the ABC’s partnership with Open Learning Australia (now Open Universities Australia) and 15 Australian universities undertaking distance learning. He also supervised the development two ABC TV adult literacy series with NSW TAFE, and received a Commonwealth Literacy Medal for his work during International Literacy Year 1990. Don also developed an AusAID-funded English language teaching series broadcast both in Asia and Australia.
Don has committed much of his professional career to advancing social and economic justice through adult, community and post-secondary education. He was nominated three years in a row – 2019, 2020 and 2021 – for the Pro Bono Australia “Impact 25” social sector awards. He holds a PhD in media/communications from Macquarie University and a Master of City Planning (MCP) from the University of California, Berkeley; and is a former professional film critic.