Tacoma Community College has tapped Marissa Schlesinger, associate dean of Curriculum and First-Year Programs at New York City’s Guttman Community College, to serve as its new provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

In her new role, effective Sept. 22, Schlesinger will serve as the chief academic officer of the college, providing the vision and leadership for the college’s educational programs.

Previously, Schlesinger spent 13 years in faculty and administration at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. She is a recent alumna of the Aspen Institute’s Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. She has served as resource faculty at the Washington Center’s National Summer Institutes and, separately, has worked with dozens of community colleges across the country, helping them focus on change for the improvement of equity and student learning, completion, transfer, and labor market outcomes.

“We are honored Marissa is joining TCC, and we believe her skills, talents and knowledge will greatly advance our work for students and the community,” stated TCC President Ivan Harrell. “Her deep roots in community college education says much about her passion for students, and we look forward to calling on her expertise as we continue to address how we can best serve our community.”