Pasadena City College president to retire in 2018

Pasadena City College superintendent-president Rajen Vurdien announced Friday that after two years leading the college, he will serve another year then retire next summer.

His resignation will be effective June 30, 2018.

Vurdien has held the post since July 2015. In an email, he highlighted achievements the college made during that time, including being recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation. He also noted the upcoming launch of PCC Promise, which allows Pasadena-area high school students to attend the college tuition-free for one year.

“We have made serious progress in our common understanding of equity, student success, and achievement,” Vurdien said.

PCC spokesman Alexander Boekelheide said the college doesn’t have a plan to replace him at the moment, but “I know there’s a goal for this to be seamless and to have a replacement by the time Dr. Vurdien leaves.”

Ultimately, he said, that process and decision will be up to the college’s board.

Boekelheide added that Vurdien had a significant effect on the college during his two years at the helm.

“He brought a new spirit to the team here,” he said. “Faculty and staff and students alike recognize what he’s done to get the college on solid footing and prepared for the future.”

In his email, Vurdien wrote, “I say without reservation that my time at PCC has been one of most satisfying times of my service as a public educator. Thank you for all that you have done, and will continue to do, to make our college a success.”