Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dr. Lisa Sugimoto, to be Honored by NAACP

Dr. Lisa Sugimoto, Pasadena City College vice president of College Advancement and recent past PCC president, will be honored by the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Sept. 9 at the 25th Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner. She will be receiving the Community Award.

The Community Award is presented to educators who go beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of life for African Americans.

“Dr. Sugimoto has been a long-term educator assisting all students within the PCC jurisdiction,” said Joe Brown, president of the NAACP in Pasadena. “She will be recognized for her tireless commitment to increasing African-American students' enrollment.”

Lisa SugimotoThis past year, the PCC President’s African-American Advisory Committee was very active with the African-American Outreach Initiative, which began its efforts in local churches.

“Our outreach efforts throughout the community, and in particular with our African-American high school students, provided opportunities for the church community and the college to encourage and support education,” Sugimoto said.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be one of the recipients of the NAACP Community Award. To be honored along with longtime community activist and PCC supporter Dolores Hickambottom and PCC alumnus and attorney John Van de Kamp is a proud moment for me,” Sugimoto added.

In addition to her tenure as PCC president from September 2009 to July of 2010, Sugimoto served as vice president of Student and Learning Services since 2003, overseeing the following areas: Admissions and Records; Counseling and Career Services; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services; the Learning Assistance Center; the New Media Center; Outreach, Degree and Transfer Services; Scholarships and Financial Aid; and Special Services.

Sugimoto’s 34-year career in community colleges began at PCC. In 1976, she was a part-time support staff member and became a counselor the following year. During this span, Sugimoto taught the peer advising course, accounting/bookkeeping, and finite business mathematics. Before joining PCC in her present capacity, Sugimoto also served for 14 years as dean of Counseling, Student Development, and Support Services at Long Beach City College. From 1985 to 1989, she coordinated the Transfer Center programs at Cerritos Community College.

Sugimoto is also past president of the Association of California Community College Administrators.

She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles; MBA and M.S.Ed. from the University of Southern California; and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

For more information, please contact the NAACP Pasadena branch at (626) 793-1293.

Release Date: 09/08/2010 Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations Phone: (626) 585-7315 Email:

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