Pitzer College Names Jim Marchant to Lead Strategic Initiatives and Community Relations

Jim Marchant
Jim Marchant, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Community Relations

Claremont, Calif. (June 12, 2019) — Pitzer College appoints Jim Marchant as the College’s first vice president for strategic initiatives and community relations. This position was established to provide leadership as Pitzer implements its recently completed institutional strategic plan and bolsters its commitment to the community.

An essential aspect of Marchant’s role will be to strengthen relationships and collaboration between Pitzer College and the local community. As long-time residents of the area, Marchant and his wife Jessica are active members of the Claremont community. They have served as volunteers and leaders for many organizations in town, including Rotary and the Claremont Education Foundation. Having raised and educated their children here, they value the importance of strong town-gown relations.

“I can think of no better person to lead Pitzer’s strategic plan implementation process and community relations efforts than Jim Marchant,” says Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver. “Jim will bring focus to the achievement of our goals by coordinating the efforts of key people, internal and external constituencies, and resources that will lead to significant and concrete outcomes for the College. Jim brings his decades of experience at Pitzer and his dedication to community betterment to this important work.”

Marchant’s tenure at Pitzer College spans nearly 25 years during which he has been instrumental in helping Pitzer ascend into the top tier of national liberal arts colleges. He has held numerous key positions at Pitzer during that time, including as its longest-serving vice president for student affairs (2001-2013), and most recently as the executive director of advancement where he has built relationships and raised funds for numerous institutional priorities, including financial aid, student life programs, and the renovation and expansion of science facilities on campus.

 “I am excited about this new opportunity as Pitzer continues to innovate and thrive in a challenging environment for private liberal arts colleges and higher education in general. I appreciate President Oliver’s confidence in me and his recognition that my institutional and local knowledge and relationships may be beneficial to both the College and the wider community,” says Marchant. “I look forward to helping Pitzer achieve our goals, and serving as a bridge with the Claremont community as we move forward.”

Marchant holds a master’s degree in education with a focus on higher education administration and non-profit management from Claremont Graduate University and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Redlands.

About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility, and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

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