PVCC Former President Receives Emeritus Status

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
PVCC Former President Receives Emeritus Status

Retired Paradise Valley Community College President Dr. Paul Dale was recently honored with the esteemed title of emeritus by the Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District. Dr. Dale, who led the college for 25 years, was a staunch advocate for student success, a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and a dedicated champion of leadership development and positive social change.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Dale highlighted two guiding "North Stars" that shaped his leadership:

  1. What do we need to do as leaders to ensure that PVCC continues to be a more learning-centered college?
  2. What do we need to do to ensure that PVCC is leading efforts to bring about positive social change?

"I can’t think of two higher ideals or values to drive leadership than creating lifelong learners who are able, interested, and willing to go out into the community to ensure positive social change. These are the challenges that I miss most in retirement," he said.

Dr. Dale joined PVCC in January 1997 as the associate dean of Student Affairs. He served twice as interim president before being appointed permanently in 2010. During his tenure, he provided administrative oversight for launching the Student Life Department, Student Leadership programming, service learning, athletics, and out-of-class assessment.

“From the moment he arrived in 1997, Dr. Dale was an advocate for student success, a true believer in the power of education, and a tireless advocate for positive social change,” said Dr. Jana Schwartz, PVCC’s current interim president.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Dale on this incredible achievement.