“Dr. Cain will add his passion about student success to the hard work already taking place at Pierce College,” said Pierce College Chancellor and CEO Michele L. Johnson, Ph.D. “His extensive and well-rounded experience and talent will add a new perspective to our leadership team, and his personal story serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative value of community college education and the work that we do.”
Cain was a first-generation college student, attending Pasadena City College and eventually earning a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He earned a master’s degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D in education leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech University.
“I look forward to joining the Pierce College family and being part of the Puyallup community,” Cain said. “Pierce College plays an integral role in the community, and I look forward to building and collaborating with all stakeholders. The students, faculty and staff made my decision easy because they showed authentic pride in their college and articulated a vested interest in the success of students.”
Cain’s work experience includes teaching as well as serving as vice chancellor for student affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, serving as vice president for academic affairs at Eastfield College in Dallas, and serving as dean for academic affairs at Atlanta Technical College.
The five-month search for a new president was conducted by a 14-member committee of staff, faculty, administrators, and community members. Cain will join the college in August.