West Valley-Mission Community College District
On July 1, 2012, Dr. Schmitt became CEO of the West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara County. Dr. Schmitt, who previously held the position of President of Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, has 29 years of service in the field of education. His past experience includes 16 years as a full-time faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Pasco-Hernando Community College. He also served for 6 years as an academic administrator at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois and was the Campus Executive Officer and Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for 4 years prior to arriving at Pierce College.
Dr. Schmitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Theatre from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in American 20th Century Theatre and Drama, Dramatic Theory and Criticism. He has also pursued graduate study in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.