Dr. Rajen Vurdien has over 20 years of experience in the California Community College System. He has had the distinct and unique experience of holding positions of utmost responsibility in four flagship districts of the system, both single college and multi college, and both apportionment-funded and basic aid. Dr. Vurdien retired in February 2019 as Superintendent-President and Chief Executive Officer of Pasadena City College. Prior to that he was President of Fullerton College, North Orange County Community College District for five years, Vice President for Instruction at Saddleback College, South Orange County Community College District, Mission Viejo, CA for six years. For four and a half years, he was Dean of Instruction overseeing Language Arts and Physical Education at Long Beach City College.
His teaching career spanned the whole range from K to graduate school, and administrative experience in 2-year as well as 4-year colleges and international organizations. Prior to coming to the USA, he was a teacher of English and French on the island of Mauritius, a special advisor to the Minister of Education of the Republic of the Seychelles, a United Nations Volunteer in the People’s Republic of China, and a Program Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programs in China. In the USA, he directed the Graduate Programs in Education at Gwynedd Mercy University, PA, and coordinated the Reading Program at Long Island University, Southampton College. While at these two colleges, he also taught in various fields and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor by his peers at Gwynedd Mercy College. He was also an adjunct instructor at Montgomery County Community College during the same period.
Dr. Vurdien was active at local, state and national levels. He was on the Executive Board of the Pasadena Bio-Science Foundation. He was a trustee of the Buena Park City Library District, served as a mentor in the Association of California Community Colleges mentor program. He was a member of the Professional Development Commission, and the International Education Commission of the American Association of Community Colleges.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Vurdien holds an M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Psychology of Reading from Temple University, an MBA from Long Island University, and completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University, among many other professional development programs.