San Diego Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster Tuesday announced her retirement, effective June 30.
Luster has served as the president of Mesa College since 2011. During her tenure, Mesa College began equity programs, added a bachelor’s degree and multiple other academic programs, won multiple athletics titles, issued the college’s educational and facilities master plan and completed the accreditation process multiple times.
In her retirement letter, Luster said, “It has been the absolute professional pinnacle and joy of my life to serve as president.”
Luster has created collaborative initiatives at the college with area high schools, universities, and community partners to create inclusive, diverse and equitable opportunities for students.
Luster is the immediate past president of the Chief Executive Officers of California Community Colleges Board and a was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Luster was a board member and president of the California Community College Athletics Association and co-chaired the Community Colleges League of California’s Affordability, Food & Housing Task Force. She is also a member of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Task Force for Basic Needs in Higher Education.
Luster is a member of the board of Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista, a member and former president of San Diego Youth Services’ board, and a member of the Board of Governors of The San Diego Foundation. She is a member of and has served as the chair of the San Diego-Imperial County Community College Association.
“I am excited to embark on the next chapter of my life, which will include continued work in diversity equity, justice, and inclusion,” Luster said. “In particular, I am committed to contribute to the research and practices that lead to racial equity, meeting students’ basic needs and in the end creating more inclusive higher education institutions.”