North Seattle Community College President Mark Mitsui has been selected to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges in the U.S. Department of Education.
President Mitsui is scheduled to take the post on Aug. 12, 2013 in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, which focuses on career, technical, adult and correctional education across the country, with a special emphasis on programs involving community colleges. His role supports the President’s, the Secretary’s and the Department’s agenda on community college access and completion.
“While this is a loss for Seattle and for our colleges, it is a gain for community colleges across the country,” said Seattle Community Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield. “It is also a vote of confidence in the quality of leadership in our colleges and our city,” she said.
Mitsui has served as President at North since July 2010, and previously served as Vice President for Instruction at South Seattle Community College when Wakefield was the college president. His earlier community college background also includes positions at Green River and Renton Technical Colleges. He is actively involved at the state level as a member of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, where he is currently vice chair of the Education Services Committee and also took part in the statewide Student Achievement Initiative Task Force, which developed measures to mark and encourage student progression through college.
He has been rewarded for excellence throughout his career, with honors including an Outstanding Faculty Award at Renton Technical College, Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Academy, and this year’s statewide Rhonda Quash Coats Award for Excellence in Multicultural Student Services and national Doris Michiko Ching “Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling” Award.
Additional background and information are in this news announcement released today.
A transition plan is now being developed and will be announced in the next few weeks, Chancellor Wakefield said.