Lorraine Morales, Ed.D., a student-centered leader with over a decade of wide-ranging administrative experience whose education journey was sparked when she obtained a high school equivalency, is the new president of Pima Community College’s Community Campus.
“Dr. Morales’ career at Pima has been marked by a deep commitment to students,” Chancellor Lee D. Lambert said. “That dedication, as well as a recognized ability to lead and collaborate in a variety of settings, will make her an important member of the College’s leadership team.”
Dr. Morales has experience at the highest levels of College management. As Acting President of Community Campus in 2012-13, she provided primary leadership for the campus’ multifaceted functions, while creating partnerships and helping securing alternative funding sources. As Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Services in 2009-10, she supervised admissions, registration, advising and counseling, career services, financial aid, assessment and orientation. Dr. Morales oversaw a complete redesign of student services at PCC campuses, led comprehensive staffing reviews and implemented a college-wide student ambassador program.
Dr. Morales has served at four campuses and currently is Vice President of Instruction at East Campus. In her positions as vice president/dean, she has built administrative leadership in numerous areas, overseen successful grant applications and the opening of new campus facilities, developed Student Life manuals and protocols that later were adopted college-wide, led district-wide initiatives in academic advising, and assisted other community colleges is developing admission and registrar functions.
Dr. Morales’ education journey personifies dedication and the transformative power of learning. After receiving her high school equivalency, Dr. Morales earned a bachelor of science degree in Human Services from Western New Mexico University, a master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Development from The University of Arizona and a Doctorate in Education, Educational Leadership, from Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Morales is keenly aware of the power that educational achievement can have on families, as her own story has helped inspire her loved ones to greater accomplishment. “My going to school has changed the conversation for everyone from ‘Are you going to college?’ to ‘Where are you going to college?’ ” she has said.
Dr. Morales is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and was named Administrator of the Year for her work as Vice President/Dean of Student Development at Northwest Campus. She also is involved in important community initiatives, and currently serves on the City of Tucson Bond Advisory Committee.
Her other community affiliations include United Way’s Women Leading United, First Things First, Child and Family Resources and Marana Health Center. She is a member of the Workforce Investment Board Planning Committee, the Latina Institute Advisory Board and the La Mujer Conference Committee.
Dr. Morales will begin work in her new position on July 1. Her appointment is subject to Governing Board approval.
Community Campus, at 401 N. Bonita Ave., is home to a variety of areas, including PCC Adult Education, Workforce and Business Development, the Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute and Continuing Education.