PCC adds new vice presidents to leadership teams, meet Katy Ho and Robert Steinmetz

Portland Community College has bolstered its leadership with two new vice presidents.


Katy Ho has been named the new vice president for academic affairs, while Robert Steinmetz has been chosen as the next vice president of student affairs. Ho began her duties in July, and Steinmetz starts in August.

Ho returns to PCC from Honolulu Community College (HonCC) where she has served as vice chancellor of academic affairs since 2014 after working as the college's dean of students. In this role, she was the chief academic officer and accreditation liaison for the college and oversaw student services, academic support, curriculum, and technology services. During that time, HonCC met and exceeded system performance outcomes in overall degree and certificate attainment, as well as STEM and native Hawaiian degree completion.

Ho worked at PCC from 2002 to 2012 in a number of capacities before moving to Hawaii. She started as an academic adviser and finished as the Sylvania Campus division dean of student support services. Recently, she was one of 39 community-college leaders chosen as Aspen Presidential Fellows for 2017-18 by the Aspen Institute, which cultivates leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of success and access. Additionally, she brings a wealth of experience implementing Achieving the Dream at HonCC. This is a comprehensive national movement for equitable student success that PCC has recently joined and will implement.

Ho holds a master's degree in student services administration and a doctorate in community college leadership from Oregon State University.

"Katy's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and her special attention to equitable student success, is especially impressive," said Executive Vice President Sylvia Kelley, who led the hiring committee for the position. "Katy has demonstrated a deep knowledge and commitment to the unique needs and concerns of community college students, faculty, and staff."

Robert Steinmetz

Steinmetz has served as vice president for student affairs and Enrollment Management at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania since 2010. There he has provided leadership and strategic direction for the institution's admissions, career and transfer services, counseling and academic advising, disability support services, financial aid and athletics, among other service lines.

Since joining the college, Steinmetz has created and guided the implementation of a strategic and comprehensive plan to improve student success, completion and enrollment. He reorganized and realigned the student affairs and enrollment management division to include a new student recruitment function, the creation of the student and academic success department, and professional adviser positions.

Before Harrisburg, Steinmetz served as associate dean for enrollment management and college registrar for Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., from 2008-2010. In this role, he oversaw enrollment and recordkeeping. Before that, he was the director of recruitment, retention and enrollment services for Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee.

In addition to an associate degree in Science from Chattanooga State, Steinmetz has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, as well as a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

"Rob's credentials are impressive, as is the depth of his experience in student affairs leadership," PCC President Mark Mitsui said. "The college is in good hands having both Katy and Rob heading their respective departments and our Achieving the Dream initiative."

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