Meet Mark Mitsui
(pronounced Mark MEET-sue-ee)
Mark Mitsui began his tenure as president of Portland Community College on September 1, 2016.
Before joining PCC, he served as a president of North Seattle College in Washington state and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education. In Washington he worked to advance President Obama’s community college agenda through partnerships with numerous federal agencies and national stakeholders.
Though President Mitsui accomplished much in this national role, his objective was always to return to a community college and apply what he learned where it matters most.
At PCC, he has collaborated with colleagues, students and community members to define the college’s commitment to equitable student success, to galvanize integrated planning activities, and to move forward the college’s strategic plan.
For President Mitsui, PCC is fundamentally about the transformative power of education for both individuals and communities.
"Community colleges are the pathway to the middle class," he says. "That is where opportunity lies. We strive to foster equitable success for students and colleagues, and a sustainable prosperity for the region. With that kind of shared goal to build upon, we will go far, together.