Claremont, Calif. (August 1, 2018)–Following a competitive national search, Pitzer College appoints J. Michael Segawa as its new vice president for student affairs.
Most recently, Segawa served as the interim dean of students at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was responsible for student conduct, Greek life, new student orientation, the student intervention team and student persistence research. Previously, he was vice president for student affairs and dean of students from 2007 to 2017 at the University of Puget Sound, where the Mike Segawa Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary honors his “dedication to service in Student Affairs and appreciation for the diversity of opportunities for leadership” for students and staff. He also worked in student affairs at The Evergreen State College, University of Washington, Central Missouri State University and Colorado State University, where he oversaw residential life among other student programs.
Segawa was a member of NASPA’s national Board of Directors for 10 years and served as the association’s president from 2009 to 2010. He co-chaired the 2007 Joint ACPA/NASPA Meeting, chaired the 2001 National Conference and served in numerous regional roles. He has been active in other student affairs professional organizations, including American College Personnel Association and the Association of College and University Housing Officers International.
In 2007, NASPA awarded Segawa a Pillar of the Profession Award in recognition of his extraordinary service and significant lifetime contributions to the higher education field. He also won a 2001 Region V Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service Award to NASPA for his significant volunteer service in a leadership role.
Segawa holds a master’s in education for college student personnel administration from Colorado State University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in political science.