College President Mark Mitsui – Biography

Mark Mitsui standing outside

Mark Mitsui became President of Portland Community College in August of 2016. He is the first Asian American president in the 58-year history of PCC, which educates over 70,000 students annually and is the largest higher education institution in the state of Oregon.

He was selected by the Portland Business Journal as an “Executive of the Year” in 2018 and currently serves on several boards: The Governor’s Workforce and Talent Development Board; the Portland Business Alliance board and the Greater Portland Incorporated board. He also serves on the board of the Community College Baccalaureate Association, the Higher Education Steering Council for Second Nature and the President’s Advisory Council for Phi Theta Kappa.

Prior to working at PCC he served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges in the US Department of Education. In this role, he advanced the President’s and department’s community college agenda through strategic partnerships across federal agencies and with national stakeholders. He also served as President of North Seattle College, Vice President of Student Services at South Seattle College, Assistant Dean of Student Services at Green River Community College (where he was awarded an Exemplary Leadership Award by the Chair Academy) and Director of Student Success at North Seattle College. He entered into the community and technical college arena as a teacher at Renton Technical College, where he was awarded an Outstanding Faculty Award in 1994.

President Mitsui holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Western Washington University, and completed a master’s degree and doctoral studies in Education at the University of Washington.

For more on President Mitsui's personal story, read his profile in PCC Communities Magazine, "Going Far Together".

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