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The President

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From the President...

Instructional excellence. Educational access.  A powerful and effective learning environment for our increasingly diverse student body.  These are the commitments that drive our decisions at Tacoma Community College. They sum up what’s truly important to us here.

No matter where you start or what you hope to achieve, we will educate you, we will support you, and we will put opportunities within your reach. You just have to take us up on it.

Whether you’re considering college for a degree, job training, or personal enrichment, remember that TCC is your community college. Come and see what’s here for you.

Dr. Pamela J. Transue
President, Tacoma Community College


Since 1997, Dr. Pamela Transue has served as President of Tacoma Community College. She has led the evolution of the college into a 21st century learning institution that is increasingly the college of first choice for local residents.  Expanded 24/7 student services, technology-enhanced learning and well-designed new buildings support students in achieving their educational goals. During her tenure the college has grown and is now serving over 19,000 students annually and approximately 9,000 students each quarter.

Dr. Transue is active in local civic improvement efforts and in regional and national professional activities. She served as chair of the board of the American Association of Community Colleges, as secretary of the board of the American Council on Education, as president of COMBASE, a national organization devoted to community-based learning, and as president of the Washington Association of Community and Technical College Presidents. Dr. Transue currently serves on a number of community boards including Tacoma Goodwill Industries, United Way of Pierce County and the Regence Blue Shield Tacoma Advisory Board. She is also a member of the State of Washington Board of Architects and is an active Rotarian. She is the recipient of the 2002 and 2010 CEO of the Year award Pacific Region, from the national Association of Community College Trustees and the 2010 CEO of the Year Award from the State of Washington Trustees Association.

Dr. Transue is the author of Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Style and co-editor of Universities in Transition: 1300-1700 as well as numerous articles.

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