TCC president presented with 2002 CEO award

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) presented Dr. Pamela Transue, president of Tacoma Community College, with the 2002 Chief Executive Officer Award for the Pacific Region. The award was presented at the ACCT regional conference on June 11.

The regional award recognizes chief executive officers of two-year higher education institutions for their leadership roles in promoting innovative programs, exhibiting high standards of professionalism and demonstrating commitment to the field. The five regional award recipients become eligible for the national award to be presented in September.

As president of Tacoma Community College (TCC) since 1997, Transue has been recognized locally and nationally for her involvement in activities promoting two-year post-secondary institutions.

She is presently serving as chair of the board of the American Association of Community Colleges, representing more than 1,100 community colleges throughout the United States.

She is also vice president of COMBASE, a national organization dedicated to community-based post-secondary education. She received a National Leadership Award in 2000 from the National Council on Continuing Education and Training.

At the local level, Dr. Transue is this year’s campaign chair for United Way of Tacoma/Pierce County. She also serves on the board of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and on the Tacoma/Pierce County Advisory Committee to the Board of Regence/Blue Shield. She received a 2001 Women of Distinction Award from the Pacific Peaks Girl Scout Council.

During the presidential search in spring 1997, TCC’s Board of Trustees was looking for a person with strong leadership skills that could lead TCC into the 21st century.

Transue earned her GED and continued her education with a B.A. in English from the University of Washington, an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University and completion of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management in 1993.

Tacoma Community College President Pamela Transue. (COURTESY PHOTO)