Dear Pitzer Community,

Following a competitive national search, I am pleased to announce the selection of J. Michael Segawa as Pitzer College vice president for student affairs.

Mike, nationally renowned and respected in the student affairs profession, brings nearly 30 years of higher education leadership and student affairs experience to Pitzer College. His extensive professional accomplishments include leading student affairs at the University of Puget Sound for a decade and serving as president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Most recently, Mike 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 at the University of Puget Sound from 2007 to 2017. He also worked in student affairs at The Evergreen State College, University of Washington, Missouri State University and Colorado State University, where he oversaw residential life among other student programs. Puget Sound’s 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.

For NASPA, Mike was a member of the national Board of Directors for 10 years and served as president from 2009 to 2010. He also 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. He was awarded NASPA’s Pillar of the Profession Award presented to student affairs professionals who are recognized by colleagues, friends, and students for extraordinary service and significant lifetime contributions to the higher education field as well as the Region V Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service Award to NASPA.

His vast experience and breadth of knowledge in student affairs and throughout higher education made him a leading candidate early on in Pitzer’s search process.

Mike 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.

My sincere thanks to the Search Advisory Committee members: Will Barndt, Todd Honma, Carlos Alvarez, Lindsay Mooradian ’19 and Stephanie Montiel ’21, as well as members of the community who met with and gave input on the final candidates; staff from the Office of Student Affairs; members from the FEC, the Diversity Committee, the Student Senate Executive Board; and the Cabinet.

Please join me in welcoming Mike Segawa to Pitzer College. His first day on campus will be August 1.


Melvin L. Oliver

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