Election to be Held March 3rd, 2020
Published : Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 5:29 AM
Hilsman, who is a 25-year resident of Pasadena and a former instructor at PCC and UCLA, has been a trustee of the college since 2015.
“Since I joined the Board, we have made tremendous progress at PCC. Not only did we restore the college’s full accreditation status after a period of turmoil, but PCC was named one of the top ten community colleges in the nation by the prestigious Aspen Institute for the past two years in a row.”
Hilsman, who holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, has served on numerous local boards and commissions, including the Community Development Committee, the Northwest Commission, and as chair of the Pasadena Community Access Corporation. He also has been an instructor at PCC and at UCLA. His wife Nancy worked as a teacher at Loyola High School and Glendale College.
“My experience in education, public policy and community engagement,” said Hilsman, “along with my dedication to the values of educational diversity that PCC represents, has inspired me to provide the greatest service to both PCC and the Pasadena community.”
Hilsman said he has already been endorsed by Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, former Mayor Bill Bogaard, Assemblymember Chris Holden, former PCC President and State Senator Jack Scott, PCC Board Member Sandra Chen Lau, former PCC President Rajen Vurdien, PCC Foundation President Bill Hawkins, Temple City Mayor pro Tem Tom Chavez, Temple City Councilmember William Man and Pasadena Councilmember John Kennedy.
“I am especially proud of the progress that PCC has made in a number of important areas since I took office,” said Hilsman, “including our ranking as the top institution in granting associate degrees to minorities, as well as Associate Degrees for transfer to four-year college. In addition, PCC was one of the first colleges in the state to provide free tuition to eligible in-district students. We are also proud to have opened a fourth satellite site at John Muir High School in Northwest Pasadena. And we have been financially prudent, with three consecutive perfect audit reports with no findings. It is a record that the community can certainly be proud of.”
“But there are still great challenges ahead,” added Hilsman. “I will continue my dedication to providing our students – particularly our in-district students – with greater opportunity not only in transferring to four-year colleges, but also in finding well-paying, productive employment. I will work tirelessly to improve transfer rates and expand the training of students that contribute to the economic strength of our communities. I will also work hard to provide our students with a safe, supportive environment for their education, including the improvement of campus facilities, services and access to classes. For nearly 100 years, PCC has been a great institution and a jewel of the community, and I will strive to help guide PCC and our students toward greater success in the twenty-first century.”
In his professional life, Hilsman is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including a series of political thrillers. He has been a regular contributor to national media, including Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, has written frequently for The Huffington Post and is a recipient of the Apex Award for journalism. He has written screenplays for a number of film studios and television networks, including Disney, Sony, New Line, ABC and NBC, and has been a consultant to corporations, government agencies and non-profits. He has served as Director of Media Outreach for the Hope Street Group, a national public policy organization focusing on economic opportunity, was on the Advisory Board of Marymount California University and was a Founder of the Institute for Intentional Conversation, which worked with civic, business, academic and religious leaders to promote civil discourse.