Dr. Rajen Vurdien, PCC's 15th superintendent-president, announced his retirement today, effective June 30, 2018.
Vurdien became PCC's chief executive in July 2015, and has led the college through the affirmation of its full accreditation status, the launch of the PCC Promise free-tuition program, and its selection as an Aspen Prize Top 10 Community College.
Vurdien sent the following all-hands email this afternoon:
"Dear members of the PCC community:
"In only the last two years, PCC has accomplished a number of remarkable achievements that stand out in the college’s history. Last year, our college came together to make a number of improvements that led to the reaffirmation of our accreditation. This fall, we are prepared to launch the PCC Promise, which will allow eligible students who graduate from high schools within our district to attend one year of college tuition-free. We have made serious progress in our common understanding of equity, student success, and achievement. And last fall we were recognized for these efforts by the prestigious Aspen Institute, which named us one of the top 10 community colleges in the United States.
"It is in reflecting on these achievements that I must share the news that I will be departing PCC at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. I have tendered my resignation effective June 30, 2018, and I look forward to spending my retirement with my family and loved ones.
"I say without reservation that my time at PCC has been one of most satisfying periods of my service as a public educator. Thank you for all that you have done, and will continue to do, to make our college a success.
"Sincerely, Rajen Vurdien"