Dr. Paula Pitcher

Dr. Paula Pitcher is a holistic students support coach at Achieving the Dream. Paula has over twenty years of experience in higher education serving in a broad span of executive and  administrative roles. She began her higher education career at Southwestern Michigan College where she also taught as an adjunct professor. She was introduced to Achieving the Dream (ATD) while at Atlantic Cape Community College, an early adopter of ATD. She served as an executive for enrollment management, research and planning, where she led various campus-wide strategic planning initiatives. She has collaborated on strategic recruitment, onboarding pathways and enrollment management initiatives in a one-stop model for admissions, registration, financial aid and student accounts. She enjoys working with students on the front line, learning more about current challenges to provide viable solutions that foster success.

Paula has served in other administrative areas including assessment, grant development, human resources, accreditation, and finance. She was selected as an Aspen Presidential Fellow in 2017–18, forming an ongoing dialogue with both aspiring and recognized community college leaders on local, state, and national student success challenges. Paula holds a Doctor of Management in community college policy and administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus, where she later received the Alumni Business Leader Award. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science from Bethel University, and an Associate of Applied Science from Texas State Technical College.

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