Pierce College District Chancellor Michele Johnson today announced that Patrick Schmitt has been chosen to be the next president of Pierce College Puyallup.
Schmitt, who currently serves as the campus executive officer and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, holds a doctorate with specializations in American 20th century theatre and drama and dramatic theory and criticism, and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theatre.
He will assume the presidency at Pierce College Puyallup on July 1.
Dr. Schmitt is an articulate, forward-thinking, and collaborative leader, who is well-experienced in working in a complex district, said Johnson. We are looking forward to him joining our Pierce College team.
Schmitt was one of five finalists who visited Pierce College Puyallup the first week of March. During those visits, each candidate participated in a public forum and took a number of questions from the community.
Schmitt spoke about his experiences in education, as both a teacher and administrator, and about feeling a “sense of fit” with the Puyallup community.
Schmitt will replace the current president of Pierce College Puyallup, Tana Hasart, who is retiring June 30 after five years. She previously served as the vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of student affairs for the University of Washington-Bothell, president and vice president of student services at Clark College in Vancouver, and director of admission, registration and student aid for Pierce College, where she worked from 1983 to 1993. A former Pierce student, Hasart was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1998.