Rajen Vurdien, Ph.D. is the fifteenth Superintendent-President of Pasadena City College. He came to Pasadena City College from Fullerton College where he was President for five years. Prior to that, he was at Saddleback College where he was Vice President for Instruction. In the 1980s, he worked for the United Nations Development Program. He was positioned in China where he taught English and ran the UN language programs. Other positions held are Director of Graduate Programs in Education, Professor of Reading at Gwynedd Mercy College; Associate Professor and Chair of Reading at Long Island University; Instructor of Reading and later on Dean of Language Arts and Physical Education at Long Beach City College. Dr. Vurdien also taught as an adjunct instructor of ESL, Reading and English at Cerritos College and Cypress College.
Dr. Vurdien has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Upper Brittany, Rennes, France, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Mauritius Institute of Education. He completed a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education at Temple University and an MBA from Long Island University. Dr. Vurdien has completed numerous workshops on leadership and administration, including Harvard University’s Management Development Program and Seminar for Experienced Presidents.
He is involved in the community, working closely with school districts, municipalities, and chambers of commerce. He currently serves on the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative Board of Directors and is a UC Davis Wheelhouse Fellow. He is a longtime resident of Buena Park with his wife and two daughters.