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Mitsui, the president of Portland Community College, will retire after the 2021-22 school year.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Mark Mitsui will depart in mid-2022 after nearly six years as Portland Community College's president.Portland Community College's president and executive vice president plan to retire, the college announced Friday, April 16.

Mark Mitsui, who has been president of PCC since 2016, will retire in June 2022, after the 2021-22 school year. Sylvia Kelley, the college's second-highest official, who has served since 2014, will step down this coming December.

"We're fortunate, and so grateful, to have had President Mitsui and Executive Vice President Kelley at the helm during a time of significant growth and change at the college, in our immediate community, and in our nation," said Mohamed Alyajouri, chair of PCC's Board of Directors, in a statement.

Added Alyajouri, who lives in Beaverton and represents Zone 6 — including parts of Washington and Yamhill counties — on the board: "Their contributions, talent, leadership and dedication have created a long-term vision and road map for PCC, one that ensures opportunity and equitable success for all of our students."

PCC says it will take about a year to identify and hire a successor to Mitsui. The college hopes to announce its new president in April 2022.

The board will lead that process while gathering input from employees and community members, PCC added in its announcement.COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Sylvia Kelley (left), executive vice president of Portland Community College, talks with staff during a strategic planning listening session. The college's new plan was approved in November 2020.

An interim executive vice president will be named at a later date. PCC expects to hire that position internally rather than through a job search.

The next president will conduct a national search to hire a permanent successor to Kelley, according to the college.

Mitsui previously served in the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary for community colleges.

Among PCC's accomplishments under Mitsui that were noted in Friday's announcement:

• The college won voter approval of a 2017 capital bond measure, paying for the construction of a new Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center.

• The college has joined Achieving the Dream, a collaboration between community colleges across the United States to share data and best practices.

• The college has created academic and career pathways, along with a new advising process.

• The college is opening an advanced manufacturing training center at the Oregon Manufacturing and Innovation Center in Scappoose this year.

• The college was named the top community college in the country by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2019.

Mitsui himself was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as Executive of the Year in 2018.

"It has been a true privilege and honor to serve as the president of PCC, a college with a heart for justice, dedicated to student success and learning, and willing to constantly improve itself to meet the future, today," Mitsui said in a statement Friday.

Kelley previously served as vice president for development at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. At PCC, she served as interim president for more than a year before Mitsui was hired in 2016.

Kelley said, "PCC is a resource for and of the community, and it has been an honor for me personally to be part of this college, which serves students and the community in deeply meaningful, life-changing ways."


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