Cerritos College Board Member John Paul Drayer announces his retirement

Drayer said his retirement plans include traveling and overseeing his family business. 

Drayer said his retirement plans include traveling and overseeing his family business. 

NORWALK Cerritos College announced on Friday that John Paul Drayer will retire from the school's board of trustees on April 19 after four years of service.

He will also retire from Los Angeles Unified School District where he currently teaches. Drayer has been an educator for 30 years.

Drayer was elected to the Cerritos College Board of Trustees in November 2012 to serve the remainder of an unexpired term vacated by the late Bob Epple. He was reelected in November 2014.

Drayer represents Trustee Area 3, which includes portions of the cities of Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, and South Gate.

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with family, friends, and to traveling to Hawaii, New Zealand and parts of the Southern Hemisphere that I haven’t seen. I want to explore and study new things,” Drayer said. “I will be taking care of our family businesses and closing probate so that my family and I can finish the grieving process over the loss of my father."  

Drayer graduated from Cerritos College in 1984 with an A.A. degree in Political Science and Business. He later transferred to California State University, Long Beach and earned a B.A. and teaching credentials. Drayer received his M.A. in Education Counseling and counseling credentials from California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

“For his four years of service to the Board of Trustees, we want to thank Trustee Drayer for his contributions and leadership to the District and wish him well in his retirement,” said Dr. Jose Fierro, the president of Cerritos College.

In August 2016, the Cerritos College Board of Trustee voted to censure meeting Drayer for alleged unethical behavior and violation of board policy. An ad hoc committee found that Drayer violated policy by contacting the media without permission and fostering an unhealthy work environment between his fellow board members. 

Drayer’s term was set to end in November 2018. The college said it will soon announce how it will fill his empty seat.