Sugimoto Named Pasadena City College Vice President of College Advancement

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Dr. Lisa Sugimoto photo courtesy of Pasadena Area Community College District

PASADENA, Calif. — The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa Sugimoto as Pasadena City College vice president of College Advancement.

“I have made clear from the outset that I had hopes of persuading Dr. Sugimoto to stay on the PCC team and I am very happy she has agreed to serve PCC in this capacity,” PCC President Dr. Mark Rocha said. “Her long experience at PCC and her deep roots in the community will serve the college well in this new role.”

In her new position, Sugimoto will be charged with completing and implementing a strategic plan for the PCC Foundation that will focus on fundraising goals for scholarships, the continuing Center for the Arts capital campaign, an alumni annual fund, planned giving, and related major initiatives.

“I am excited to continue my service to our students, community and college in my new role as VP of College Advancement,” Sugimoto said. “I am grateful to Dr. Rocha for his support and eager to work with him and our Foundation board members to achieve our fundraising goals.”

Sugimoto served as PCC president from September 2009 to July of 2010. She also held the position of vice president of Student and Learning Services since 2003.

Sugimoto’s 34-year career in community colleges began at PCC. In 1976, she was a part-time support staff member and became a counselor the following year.  During this span, Sugimoto taught the peer advising course, accounting/bookkeeping and finite business mathematics.

Before joining PCC in her present capacity, Sugimoto also served for 14 years as dean of Counseling, Student Development, and Support Services at Long Beach City College. From 1985 to 1989, she coordinated the Transfer Center programs at Cerritos Community College.

Sugimoto is also past president of the Association of California Community College Administrators.

She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA; MBA and M.S.Ed. from the University of Southern California; and a B.A. from UC San Diego.

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