CLA Distinguished Alumni 2004May 15, 2004
For more than 25 years, Gerald R. Miller served the community of Long Beach in a variety of administrative capacities including as city manager. He previously held positions in the Department of Community Development as manager of the Economic Development Bureau, then as deputy city manager, assistant city manager and acting city manager before becoming city manager. He also was the city’s staff lead for the United States Navy facilities closure and reuse planning efforts during the 1990s. Miller also is a board member of the Long Beach Area Council of Boy Scouts. “CSULB was the absolute high point of my young adulthood,” he recalled. “As a psychology student I was very involved in the Psychology Clinic and with community psychology programs.” Calling himself a proud alumnus, “CSULB’s ever-growing reputation for academic excellence and community involvement portend even greater recognition and support from the community as time goes on,” Miller said.
A judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court handling a specialized domestic violence calendar in the Long Beach courthouse, the Honorable Deborah B. Andrews began her career in education before transitioning into law. She was a high school teacher and instructor in CSULB’s Secondary Education department. Andrews became the first woman editor of the Whittier Law Review and graduated at the top of her class. She then joined an area of law firm and later served as a State of California administrative law judge. In 1994 she was elected to the Long Beach Municipal Court and in 2000 was elevated to the Superior Court. CSULB is all in the family – her husband, the Honorable Bradford L. Andrews, is an alumnus and supervising judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court South District. Her brother, Thomas C. Billstein, earned a B.S. in business administration. “The CSULB campus is still a real presence in my life,” she said. “I also particularly appreciate Dr. Maxson’s success in attracting top-notch faculy, staff and students who are constantly elevating the university’s academic stature.”