Dr. Anne Suzuki is the Dean of Students at Paradise Valley Community College and has served for 20 years in higher education at two- and four-year institutions in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Before coming to PVCC, she was with Arizona State University for more than 16 years, serving as Assistant Dean for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Here she oversaw and developed undergraduate retention and student experiences including: First-Year Experience, Summer Community Read, Scholarships, Transfer and First-Year Student Retention, Transfer and First-Year Student Centers, and Enrollment Management. She also taught first and sophomore year courses and classes in the Masters of Higher Education program.
Dr. Suzuki’s career has focused on creating and developing retention programs to maximize student success. Her article, A Summer Bridge Program for Under-Prepared First-Year Students: Confidence, Community, and Re-enrollment, focused on the evaluation of the program she created, and how that program impacted first-year students at ASU.
Dr. Suzuki has worked at other institutions as well, including the University of California Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco, University of Arizona and Pima Community College. She has held leadership positions in Academic Advising, Recruitment, Educational Opportunity Program Learning Centers, Peer Mentoring, Curriculum Development, Summer Bridge, and Innovation Challenge, Closing the Achievement Gap, Student Code of Conduct and Guided Pathways. She obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona, her Master’s degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco, and her Doctorate of Education focusing on Leadership and Innovation from ASU.