Pomona Pitzer Sagehens is the Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) joint athletics program for Pomona College and Pitzer College, two of the Claremont Colleges, located about 35 miles east of Los Angeles in Claremont, California. Sagehen Athletics is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), which was formed in 1915, when five Southern California institutions combined for the purpose of promoting and governing competition in intercollegiate sports with the fundamental principle of the conference being to encourage the highest ideals of amateur sports in an environment of high academic standards. In 1970, Pitzer College’s athletics program joined Pomona College’s program on an interim basis that in 1972 became permanent. The Pomona-Pitzer athletic tradition continues to this day. While Pomona College will be the employer of record, the chair of physical education and director of athletics will represent both institutions in equal measure. The athletics program supports 21 varsity teams, a physical education program, and an array of wellness, competitive, and recreational club sports.

Pomona College

Established in 1887, Pomona College is one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the nation, offering a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. With a student population of just over 1600, Pomona College is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes, who are passionate about making a difference in the world.

Pitzer College

Founded in 1963, Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college. With approximately 1,000 students, the College emphasizes environmental and interdisciplinary studies, the arts, humanities and social, behavioral and natural sciences. Pitzer students shape their own college experience. Focused educational objectives guide undergraduates as they plan their academic careers. Students are encouraged to collaborate with community members on local projects and critically examine the effects of social and environmental policies.

Both Pomona and Pitzer are members of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven colleges and graduate schools. They offer all the advantages of small liberal arts colleges as well as the resources of a large university. As Division III institutions, intercollegiate athletics represent an important educational component within the wide range of learning experiences provided by the Colleges. While some notable athletes found their start in the Sagehen athletics program, the program prides itself more on the number of leaders and resilient thinkers and innovators who learned the value of team playing and collaboration under the auspices of Sagehen Athletics.

The Position


Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Pomona College, the Chair of Physical Education and Director of Athletics (Chair & Director) provides vision, strategic direction, and administrative leadership to the department. This position oversees the following:

  • varsity athletics
  • physical education curriculum
  • intramural programs
  • recreation and club sports
  • faculty and staff wellness programs
  • athletics facilities management
  • athletic training
  • strength and conditioning
  • sports medicine
  • sports information
  • athletic administration

The Chair & Director also works institutionally to develop and build a culture of wellness and wellness-related activities for all students, faculty, and staff. This position effectively articulates the mission of athletics in a higher educational setting to internal and external constituents by developing and applying innovative approaches to inclusive physical education on a college campus. This position also directly supports the academic mission of the college by developing programs that complement and expand the curriculum and provide community engagement opportunities for the campus community.

The new Chair & Director will be responsible for inspiring athletic excellence and enhancing the competitiveness of a Division III intercollegiate athletics program found within an academically rigorous liberal arts-centered learning environment while at the same time helping to establish athletics and physical education as an ideologically inclusive space for all community members, regardless of identity or ability. This position is responsible for the direction and executive oversight of the physical education and athletics program staff, student employees, temporary workers, and contract employees, and all of the activities and services provided by these employees. Across all aspects of Sagehen Athletics and physical education programming, the Chair & Director will cultivate a culture of inclusion and an atmosphere of collectivity while proactively fostering opportunities for engagement with and expression of diverse identities, perspectives, and practices.

The Chair & Director will:

  • work collaboratively with faculty coaches and the offices of admissions and financial aid on the recruitment of scholar athletes;
  • confer with the President of Pomona College on matters related to SCIAC and NCAA compliance, as well as program development and strategic vision;
  • continue to advance and support recreational, intramural, and club sport programs through comprehensive assessment and strategic planning;
  • continue to focus on developing relationships with the offices of alumni, advancement, and student affairs particularly in support of the athletics program;
  • encourage and promote an inclusive community among all students, departmental faculty, and staff;
  • encourage collegial efforts between coaches and faculty across the colleges (including the FAR and Athletics Committee) to enable student success in both athletics and academics;
  • maintain the Department of Physical Education and Athletics Handbook to guide procedures of the department in alignment with Pomona College policy;
  • maintain current and expert understanding of NCAA and conference regulations, legislation, and processes. Provide leadership and accountability and implement best practices to ensure that the varsity athletic program complies with all local, state, and federal laws, including Title IX, and adheres to all college policies and procedures;
  • serve as the primary Pomona-Pitzer representative to the NCAA and SCIAC; ensure compliance with college, NCAA, and SCIAC policies, protocol, philosophy and guidelines;
  • in cooperation with the college’s facilities team, campus safety, and the department’s facilities and operations staff, ensure that the athletics and recreation facilities are operated and supervised in a safe and secure manner;
  • in cooperation with the advancement team develop a strategic athletic fundraising plan that helps support departmental plans and goals;
  • develop and manage a transparent, sustainable strategic plan for staff and administrative positions and provide careful administration and oversight of the department’s operating and revenue budgets;
  • fairly allocate and schedule department facilities and resources; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the components of wellbeing and the ability to leverage recreational activities and the physical education curriculum in the collaboration, development, and implementation of campus-wide wellness strategies;

The Chair & Director provides vision and leadership to coaches and staff and works collaboratively and productively with a wide range of constituents at both Pomona College and Pitzer College including: admissions, advancement, communications, faculty across the colleges, student affairs, alumni and parent relations, registrars, conference and event planning, student health and counseling services, facilities and campus services, deans of the colleges and presidents of the colleges, SCIAC, and NCAA.

The Chair & Director leads and manages an organization with an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million, 21 varsity sports, over 500 scholar athletes, 25 competitive and recreational club sports engaging 550 students, 100 full- and part-time positions throughout the department, and about 150 student employees. Representing both Pomona and Pitzer Colleges and the interests of student-athletes, coaches, and staff in service to the NCAA and the SCIAC Conference is also an important responsibility of the Chair & Director.

The Chair & Director will provide leadership in planning for all athletics facilities, including the current construction process for a 94,000 square foot Athletics and Recreation Center, a $55 million project that will rebuild the existing indoor facilities. The new building provides an up-to-date home to support athletic teams and signals a commitment to recreation and health and wellness for our community.


Jen Scanlon, head coach of women’s soccer has been serving as the interim chair of  physical education and director of athletics since April of 2019. She is entering her 15th season as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Soccer program after joining the Sagehens in the fall of 2003. Scanlon replaced Lesley Irvine, who left Pomona-Pitzer to become vice president of athletics and athletic director at Colorado College. Irvine served as chair of the department of physical education and director of athletics for nearly four years. Sagehen athletics ranked 23rd  (their highest ever) in the Division III Directors Cup in 2018-19, an award based on success across NCAA championships, and won its first men’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All Sports Trophy  in 2017-18. The 21 NCAA teams won 15 SCIAC championships during her tenure.


Areas of focus for the new Chair & Director include:

  • Leadership: a strong supervisor, mentor, and leader who can build cohesion and culture for the physical education and athletics department through the establishment of clear expectations and open communication and give feedback effectively while navigating a multi-faced athletics operation with sound fiscal, supervisory, and operations management.
  • Strategic Planning: short- and long-term planning on the role physical education, athletics, and recreation play in shaping the student experience. The next director will lead conversations around departmental structure and staffing levels, facility improvements, and community partnerships.
  • Strategic Recruitment: partnering with the office of admissions to recruit and retain scholar athletes of distinguished academic capacity, representative of campus-wide diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Competitiveness: define, illustrate and demonstrate internally and externally an understanding of competitiveness at elite liberal arts institutions that is reflective of both institutional mission and the goals of the NCAA.
  • Defining a wellness agenda: serving as a thought leader and a partner to both student affairs offices in an effort to work toward a wellness agenda. The department of physical education and athletics is uniquely positioned to support both the curricular and co-curricular life of all Pomona and Pitzer students, faculty, and staff.
  • Fundraising and friend raising champion: strategic partnering with institutional advancement leadership and strategic donor framework, and continuing to cultivate and steward the Champions of Sagehen Athletics.

In order to succeed in this important position, campus stakeholders indicated that the new Chair & Director would be:

  • one who can help define the needs, goals, and priorities of athletics and physical education;
  • one who understands student experiences in an academically challenging setting and celebrates their achievements;
  • a champion of the student-athlete experience;
  • an educator who sees the opportunity to engage all Pomona and Pitzer students in wellness, either through athletics, physical education, recreation or intramural activities;
  • one who has an appreciation for direct coaching experience;
  • one who takes pride in creating a cohesive professional athletics staff;
  • a confident communicator who can speak about Pomona, Pitzer, Sagehen athletics, and physical education with various constituencies;
  • a collaborative, intentional, and highly relational partner who seeks to understand and collaborate broadly; and
  • a dynamic administrator who sees athletics as a means to advance and support the institutional mission.


The members of the department of physical education and athletics are valued colleagues and contributors to the mission and student experience. The new Chair & Director will continue to build strong working relationships with, and open dialogue between, athletics and key campus stakeholders. Additionally, the new Chair & Director will need to develop a comprehensive strategic plan and set of priorities for athletics that will address both immediate and long-term needs such as facilities renovations, staffing, recruiting, balancing resources across all sports, and fundraising goals and objectives.

Additional measures, as shared by key institutional stakeholders, include the following:

  • the Chair & Director will continue to enhance and strengthen the opportunities found within the areas of physical education, athletics and recreation for all students, creating a sense of school spirit and engagement that is felt across both campuses;
  • the Chair & Director will be a supporter and tireless advocate for the student athlete experience and a champion of opportunities which promote wellbeing and healthy competition;
  • the Chair & Director will bring a passion and energy for physical education, athletics and wellness that enhances campus pride;
  • the Chair & Director will demonstrate a leadership style that is credible and collegial while being highly effective;
  • the Chair & Director will need to find the necessary balance and thoughtful leadership style to lead as both a faculty member and administrator in the appropriate spaces;
  • the Chair & Director will be a visible and highly accessible advocate for coaches, faculty, staff, and department programs;
  • as chair of the physical education department, the new Chair & Director will lead the evaluation and assessment of coaches and faculty with rigor and equity;
  • the Chair & Director will have demonstrated the ability to manage short-term change and long-term development for the department including staffing, professional development, facilities management, and strategic capital planning;
  • the Chair & Director will have an appreciation for shared governance and the role heightened and enhanced communication have in consensus building;
  • the new Chair & Director will have established strong working relationships and partnerships within the student affairs’ leadership team, advancement, admissions, direct reports, athletes, faculty, and key institutional stakeholders from both Pomona and Pitzer;
  • the Chair & Director will actively engage with advancement and College leadership to support fundraising initiatives aligned with the College and departmental and institutional strategic plans; and
  • the Chair & Director will understand their role as educator and leader and seek to engage all Pomona and Pitzer students toward a holistic understanding of wellness and wellbeing.


A master’s degree is required; significant, progressive professional experience leading a complex, dynamic, and diverse department within a highly selective liberal arts institution is preferred. The successful candidate will possess strong planning and fiscal competencies, excellent problem-solving abilities, and a familiarity with program development and assessment. They will also have a comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration, student-athlete development, the faculty-coach model (including faculty review processes), NCAA compliance within a Division III environment, and the role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives. The next chair/director should have the capacity and desire to teach physical education activity courses or academic seminars and the ability to inspire the professional development of coaching faculty and athletics administrators.

Performance and personal competencies required for the position:

Strategic Vision

  • The successful candidate will be known as an innovative and entrepreneurial thinker.
  • This leader will employ data, vision, creativity, and intuition in decision making.
  • This leader will have experience engaging proactively, positively, and meaningfully with students who are sensitive and thoughtful about identity and marginalization in collective spaces.
  • They will be able to develop productive, mutually fulfilling relationships with Pomona and Pitzer faculty of various disciplines and with administrators at both colleges.
  • This person will demonstrate knowledge of key issues facing college athletics broadly, particularly in terms of best practices for engagement with students and faculty in an effort to fulfill the teaching missions of the colleges.


  • The successful candidate will understand and appreciate Pomona College’s unique faculty-coach model and Pomona College’s tradition of faculty governance and college service, including the Physical Education Department’s role in the general education curriculum of the college.
  • The successful candidate will foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, teamwork, and empowerment. They have the ability to mentor coaches to achieve success on the field, develop positive team cultures, learn from participating in department activities, and excel in their physical education teaching while mentoring student athletes to value academics, inclusivity, respect, competitiveness, and persistence.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate extensive experience attracting, retaining, and motivating a diverse, talented, and inclusive staff and faculty.
  • The successful candidate will supervise and facilitate the college faculty review process, and annual internal reviews of athletics programs.
  • Managing an administrative and support staff team that currently consists of Assistant/Associate Athletic Directors; a Director of Intramurals, Club Sports and Recreation; a Sports Information department; the Sports Medicine department; a Strength and Conditioning coach; an Equipment Manager, the department’s office manager; and an administrative assistant. This includes developing a path for staff to achieve success in their personal growth and professional development in the department, at the colleges, and in their career fields.
  • They will respect, encourage, and celebrate the talents of the department while also holding each person accountable to mutually agreed-upon goals.
  • They will approach the financial oversight of the budget with an even-handed and reasoned approach to financial decision making in full transparency and in consultation with the administration, reporting to the Dean of the College and the Treasurer on matters related to budget and operations.

Communication, Relationship Building, and Inclusiveness

  • The Chair & Director will have a personal passion for inclusive excellence that they can communicate in an inspirational manner that inspires others to embrace the mission and vision of Sagehen Athletics.
  • The successful candidate will seek consensus through collaboration, yet take a decisive approach to solving problems and be unafraid to make difficult decisions and lead others through challenging decision-making processes.
  • They will be a person who thinks broadly about questions related to who belongs in athletic environments and about how physical education and athletics can be hubs for discourse about diversity, inclusion, and understanding difference.

In addition to the qualifications stated above, key institutional stakeholders identified the following list of additional capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate.

  • inspirational, energetic, and collaborative leader, who fully embraces the Sagehen Athletics contribution to the educational missions of Pomona and Pitzer Colleges;
  • a model of good sporting conduct, fostering resiliency in the face of defeat, creating a culture of inclusiveness, and demonstrating an understanding of the evolution of best practices in the context of athletics in an elite higher education setting;
  • a dedication to student learning and community wellbeing and exhibit the ability to lead, collaborate with, and motivate a diverse community;
  • a commitment to inclusive excellence and be a thoughtful and open listener, who will successfully cultivate relationships with diverse constituencies;
  • ability to build bridges as a dynamic, responsive, thoughtful, and articulate communicator;
  • motivated by thinking about and experimenting with what physical education and athletic team membership can mean for a diverse, 21st century student body;
  • a spirit of creativity and innovation;
  • enthusiasm around setting direction as well as developing and implementing strategic initiatives; and
  • an ability to establish credibility with the faculty of both colleges and believe deeply in the values of a liberal arts education, faculty governance, and the faculty-coach model.


Department of Physical Education

Pomona and Pitzer Colleges are committed to the provision of competitive opportunities through intercollegiate, club and intramural sports programs and to developmental opportunities through instructional and recreational activities. Students are encouraged to consider sports and physical activity participation at all levels as significant and vital parts of the college experience.

The colleges recognize that participation in physical education, intercollegiate athletics and campus-sponsored recreational activities encourages the development of positive values and provides opportunities for social growth and community building. Furthermore, such experiences provide students with specific knowledge in the areas of physical fitness, body awareness, skill acquisition and nutrition. Participation in these activities sets the stage for adoption of a healthy lifestyle that contributes to student wellness and success in college, as well as providing a foundation for optimal health in life after college.

Students at Pomona College are required to complete two physical activity courses to graduate, with the first during their first year at the College, and are especially encouraged to take one of the courses in lifetime sports, team sports and/or fitness classes. (Students admitted as transfer students are required to take only one physical education course.) Participation on an intercollegiate athletic team is counted as completing one activity class for each season of participation.

Students may enroll in an elective program of physical education in either the activity class program or the program of intercollegiate athletics; each carries Physical Education credit. Students are also encouraged to participate in intramural, club and recreation offerings; these do not carry Physical Education credit.

Physical Education

The aim of the Physical Education activity course program is to provide instructional opportunities in lifetime sports and fitness activities. Classes are coeducational and include adapted P.E., aerobics, badminton, ballroom dance, basketball, cardio kickboxing, circuit training, core training, hip-hop, fencing, fitness, flag football, golf, hiking/geocaching, horseback riding, jogging, karate, lifeguard certification, outdoor leadership, pickleball, pilates, playground games, racquetball, soccer, social dance, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon training, TRX fitness training, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, weight training, wellness and yoga.

Independent courses in physical education may be arranged for students who wish to develop an understanding of the significant concepts of physical education, sport, athletics and recreation. These courses may provide a background for further study and for exploring career possibilities in physical education and occupational therapy, athletic training, sport administration, public and private recreation, therapeutic recreation or athletic coaching.

Intercollegiate Athletics

About 25 percent of students play on varsity teams, with hundreds more participating in intramural and club sports. Our coaches are faculty members, our facilities are among the best, and our weather is ideal for year-round outdoor play.

Pomona combines forces with Pitzer College to field 21 varsity teams – The Sagehens – that compete in Division III NCAA athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

We often have D1-level athletes who choose to attend Pomona College because of the academic/athletic balance they can find here. While our games with cross-campus rivals Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps (CMS) are not to be missed, the same players who go head-to-head during soccer season might play side-by-side on a 5C club team, like cycling, fencing, field hockey, men’s lacrosse, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, or volleyball.

Other Opportunities for Recreation

We also have intramural sports including inner tube water polo, beach and indoor volleyball, tennis, soccer, squash, pool/billiards, chess, dodgeball, flag football, basketball, softball, racquetball, foosball, and table tennis.

Our Southern California location is also perfectly situated for outdoor adventures. Students start their first year with Orientation Adventure trips to the mountains, the beaches and the deserts to hike, camp, sail, surf, climb, cycle, do public service, and explore. (There are also options for indoor activities.)

Hiking and cycling are available at the Claremont Loop or in the mountains, just minutes from campus. Adventurous sorts can surf, ski, rock climb, hike, and kayak on On the Loose club trips. The Outdoor Education Center offers wilderness and climbing workshops and leadership  and  first aid classes, the ability to check out gear, and outdoor leadership certification.

Athletics Mission

The Department of Physical Education and Athletics is committed to the following:

  • A physical education program that encourages participation in activities that set the stage for the adoption of a healthy lifestyle that contributes to student wellness and success in college and provides a foundation for lifelong health and wellness.
  • A vigorous intercollegiate athletic program that strives for achievement and excellence
  • A robust intramural program that encourages students of varied ability and skills to participate in a wide range of recreational activities.
  • A successful club sport program that offers opportunities for student-run organizations to participate in intercollegiate club competition
  • A Faculty and Staff Fitness and Wellness program that provides a wide array of fitness and wellness opportunities to encourage and support employees in living healthy lifestyles

Intercollegiate Athletics

Intercollegiate athletics represent an important educational component within the wide range of learning experiences provided by the College. Students may sign up for physical education credit for participation on any of the intercollegiate teams. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and water polo.

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports offers a comprehensive sports program where teams compete against their peers from Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Sports are offered for both individuals and teams. The offerings change on a semester basis but typically include many of the following: badminton, basketball, beach soccer, beach volleyball, dodgeball, flag football, indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, inner tube water polo, outdoor soccer, ping-pong, pool volleyball, racquetball, softball, squash, tennis, and ultimate frisbee.

Club Sports

Club Sports are organized and operated by students of the Claremont Colleges. Clubs range from informal/recreationally based to competing inter-scholastically on a national level. The following teams are currently on-campus: Badminton, Ballroom Dance, Barbell, Basketball (Women’s), Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Ice/Roller Hockey, Lacrosse (Men’s), Roller Derby (Women’s), Rugby (Men’s and Women’s), Soccer (Men’s and Women’s), Squash, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate (Men’s and Women’s) and Volleyball (Men’s and Women’s).

Faculty/Staff Fitness and Wellness Program

The Physical Education Department and Human Resources Office at Pomona College recognize that worksite culture and environment are powerful influences that can encourage and support employees in living healthy lifestyles. The mission of the Faculty/Staff Fitness and Wellness program is to increase awareness of healthy lifestyle behaviors and to provide convenient and attractive opportunities to practice these healthy lifestyle behaviors. Toward this end, the FSFW program strives to provide a wide array of fitness and wellness opportunities in an effort to maximize employee participation.

Athletic Facilities

Athletic Facilities are open to all students, faculty and staff.

Rains Center

The centerpiece of the Pomona-Pitzer Athletic Department is the Lilliore Green Rains Center for Sport and Recreation. It houses Voelkel Gymnasium, which serves as the home court for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Volleyball programs. The 2,400-seat gymnasium has served as the host for the Elite 100 Boys Basketball camp in the summer of 2015. Also within the Rains Center are four racquetball/handball courts and two squash courts, and a weight-training facility which includes a complete set of Cybex equipment, free weights, and fitness machines.

Pauley Tennis Complex

The Pauley Tennis Complex, originally constructed in 1989 as a result of a generous donation by the Edwin Pauley family, is a 10-court plexipave facility that was extensively renovated in 2010, including the resurfacing of all ten courts, new fences and windscreens, additional lighting on four courts, expanded storage facilities, a new team room, improved signage, men’s and women’s tennis historical records boards, and an outdoor speaker system. The facility has been a host site for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships and served as the host venue for the 2014 ITA West Regionals.

Haldeman Pool

The Haldeman Pool, completed in 1991, serves as the home for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams and Men’s and Women’s Water Polo teams. The pool contains a 50-meter by 25 yards Olympic-size pool, one and three-meter diving boards and separate locker and training facilities. Haldeman has also been utilized as a training facility for USA Water Polo, including an international match against Italy in December of 2014, and was a host site for the 2015 U.S. Open of Water Polo.

Alumni Field

The home of Pomona-Pitzer Baseball, Alumni Field is tucked into a scenic setting featuring a view of the San Gabriel Mountains. The facility has unique dimensions with a deep fence down the left field line (360 feet) and a short porch in right field (290 feet), as well as an ivy-covered wall down the left field line. The playing surface features a clay infield, natural grass, and permanent seating behind home plate for 500 people.

Strehle Track

The 400-meter all-weather Strehle Track serves as the home facility for the Sagehens Track and Field and Cross Country teams. The facility welcomes hundreds of competitors every year, including Olympians and top international athletes, to the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, and has served as the host site for three NCAA West Regionals in cross country.

Merritt Field

The 4,000-seat Merritt Field serves as the home for Pomona-Pitzer Football and was named for legendary Sagehen coach Earl “Fuzz” Merritt (’25), who headed the program from 1925 to 1958. The facility, which is adjacent to the Rains Center, features natural grass, permanent bleacher seating, and a working press box for 12 people. The West end zone also features a trademark giant oak tree behind the goal posts.

South Athletics Complex

First opened for varsity competition in 2012, the South Athletics Complex is Pomona-Pitzer’s newest athletic facility and serves as the home for the Women’s Lacrosse program, while also doubling as a practice facility for the soccer programs. The fully lit synthetic Field Turf facility allows for use during inclement weather and in the evening. The brand-new complex has already hosted two SCIAC Championship games in 2014 and 2015, as well as an NCAA Second Round contest in 2015.

Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field

The natural grass Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field has been the home site for the Sagehen Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer programs for decades. The well-manicured field served as a training facility for the four semifinalists in the 1999 Women’s World Cup, and in 2000, it was used by the U.S. Men’s National Team for training.

Pomona-Pitzer Softball Stadium

Pomona-Pitzer Softball Stadium (informally called “Wig Beach Field”) is located on the Southwest Corner of campus at the intersection of First Street and College Avenue. The stadium features permanent bleacher seating and a storage area behind home plate, batting cages, and has been used a practice facility by several Division I programs prior to NCAA Tournaments in California.

Pomona-Pitzer Golf Practice Facility

The new Pomona-Pitzer Golf Practice Facility includes a 5,500 square foot green surface including multiple slopes for different angled puts, seven holes, two authentic sand hazards, a simulated rough area for close chips and a separate simulated fairway area to be used for longer shots towards the green.

Voelkel Gymnasium

Voelkel Gymnasium serves as the home court for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Volleyball programs. The 2,400-seat gymnasium, which can be divided into two or three separate courts, has served as the host for the Elite 100 Boys Basketball camp in the summer of 2015. Rains Center also contains Memorial Gymnasium, which serves as an auxiliary practice facility for the basketball and volleyball programs.

New Athletics and Recreation Center

Pomona College has announced plans for a new athletics and recreation center, with construction to begin in May 2020 on a rebuilt facility to replace the Rains Center for Sport and Recreatiom.

The new center will be 15,000 square feet larger than the existing one, expanding it to 94,000 square feet. Everything except for the Voelkel gymnasium will be new construction to enhance the building’s usability.

Two principal gifts of $10 million each kick off the major fundraising campaign to raise a minimum of $29 million that will offset a total project cost estimated at $55 million.

Preliminary designs for the building by the architectural firm SCB include expansive use of glass throughout.

The Rains Center has been home to Pomona Pitzer’s athletic programs and served as the campus recreation and fitness center since it was built in 1989, but more people than ever are using it.

In addition to supporting 500 Pomona-Pitzer varsity athletes, the building’s expanded spaces will help serve more than 1,800 intramural athletes, 550 club athletes, and student physical education classes, as well as fitness and recreation programming for students, faculty, and staff.

Plans call for a new and larger recreational fitness area, including additional space for cardio workouts. The studio space available for fitness classes will double.

In addition to a general-use weight room, there will be a strength and conditioning center, and locker rooms will be “right-sized” to provide sufficient space for the groups that use them, with separate facilities for faculty and staff in addition to varsity teams.

The men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams and women’s varsity volleyball team will continue to play in the facility, with Voelkel Gym remaining largely intact and a new two-court practice and recreational gym added above the fitness area.

In addition, there are plans for athletic training and equipment storage areas, three new team meeting rooms, and individual offices for coaches and administrative staff.

Institution & Location

Pomona College

Institutional Background/History

Pomona College was incorporated on October 14, 1887, by a group of Congregationalists who wanted to recreate “a college of the New England type” on the West Coast. Instruction began the next year in a small, rented house in the city of Pomona.

The following January, an unfinished hotel in nearby Claremont, along with the adjacent land, was given to the College. The College relocated there, but the name “Pomona College” stuck. Pomona awarded its first diplomas to the Class of 1894.

By the 1920s, Pomona President James A. Blaisdell faced a difficult choice—to limit expansion to retain the College’s unique character or allow growth and expand into a university. Under Blaisdell’s guidance, the College chose a third path. Using Oxford and Cambridge as models, Pomona founded a consortium unlike any other in America.

Over the next 75 years, two graduate schools and four other undergraduate colleges joined Pomona as members of The Claremont Colleges, located on neighboring campuses, allowing cross-registration and sharing important facilities such as libraries.

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Pitzer College

Institutional Background/History

Pitzer College was named for benefactor, noted philanthropist and orange grower Russell K. Pitzer (1878-1978). Founded in 1963 as the sixth institution of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer began as a residential liberal arts campus for women with a curricular emphasis in the social and behavioral sciences. Pitzer was the first independent women’s college to open in the United States since Bennington College in 1932.

The College began in 1964 with an entering class of 153 students. The founding faculty, students and staff designed Pitzer as an innovative liberal arts institution. The College’s pioneering programs embraced interdisciplinarity in teaching and learning, creative and cooperative classroom experience and community governance, encouraging every voice to be heard equally and fully.

Pitzer College received accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1965. By 1968, the College’s enrollment had grown to some 550 students and in 1970, Pitzer became coeducational with a student population of 618 women and 80 men.

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About Claremont, California

The small suburb of Claremont has grown up around the Claremont Colleges, which was founded in 1887.

As each of the seven colleges in The Claremont Colleges was founded and blossomed, Claremont grew into a unique Southern California oasis – a beautifully landscaped town full of scholars with a vibrant downtown. The adjoining colleges comprise one square mile of our 13.4 square mile city “of trees and PhDs.”

Our students have access to the resources of a large university—amazing facilities, the potential to meet thousands of fellow scholars, 2,700 classes to choose from—while living at a residential college in a quaint, walkable college town with restaurants, boutiques, a comedy club, and an art-house cinema.

Los Angeles is just 35 miles away, accessible via local commuter train, car, or bus.

We help fund transportation costs when needed for students interning in Los Angeles. Professors take advantage of our location by scheduling field trips. We sponsor trips to take students to museums, attractions, and arts events. You can also explore the nearby desert and mountains via our Outdoor Education Center and the On the Loose student club.

Mission Statement

Pomona College

Throughout its history, Pomona College has educated students of exceptional promise. We gather individuals, regardless of financial circumstances, into a small residential community that is strongly rooted in Southern California yet global in its orientation. Through close ties among a diverse group of faculty, staff and classmates, Pomona students are inspired to engage in the probing inquiry and creative learning that enable them to identify and address their intellectual passions. This experience will continue to guide their contributions as the next generation of leaders, scholars, artists and engaged members of society to fulfill the vision of the College’s founders: to bear their added riches in trust for all.

Pitzer College

Pitzer College produces engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education emphasizing social justice, intercultural understanding and environmental sensitivity. The meaningful participation of students, faculty and staff in college governance and academic program design is a Pitzer core value. Our community thrives within the mutually supportive framework of The Claremont Colleges, which provide an unsurpassed breadth of academic, athletic and social opportunities.

Strategic Plan

Pomona College’s strategic planning process is led by a committee of faculty, students, staff and trustees. Over the past year, faculty, staff, students and trustees have participated in a series of meetings to help craft the next strategic plan for Pomona College. We also have conferred with from outside researchers and experts to help inform the process.

From the start, the aim has been to think deeply about how we want to leverage the resources of this college for the benefit of our students and our communities, while recognizing the tradeoffs involved in our choices and setting clear priorities. The Strategic Planning Committee is now poised to translate these conversations into proposals and goals for the next five to seven years. Subcommittees are now focusing on three key areas the plan will address

Equity and access – We aspire to be both affordable and equitable through our financial aid program so that we continue to attract students of immense promise from all backgrounds, and so that all our students are able to make full use of their opportunities at Pomona. New resources will be needed to ensure that the College can remain a leader among its peers

Flourishing and inclusion – We aspire to cultivate a community of talented individuals reflecting the diversity of society, who all feel a deep sense of belonging at Pomona. We will look for ways to strengthen existing programs for students, faculty and staff that promote success and well-being, as well as ways to remove or minimize impediments to individuals flourishing.

Transformative knowledge and creativity – Pomona offers one of the best educations available today. As the world changes, we want to preserve what we do well, while also making room for transformation. We aspire to meet the educational needs of 21st-century learners by calibrating our curriculum to foster greater student exploration, cross disciplines to find new answers, increase our global engagement and better prepare students for the world after Pomona. In doing so, we’ll need to consider how emerging technologies can enhance a liberal education, and how best to support faculty leading transformation in their areas of expertise.

The College is committed to enhancing access and diversity through the Lighting the Path to Diversity 2025 initiative. Additionally, the College is taking significant steps toward sustainability today – and more campus environmental measures are on the way in the form of the Carbon Neutral 2030 Plan.


Pomona College

Dr. G. Gabrielle Starr – President

G. Gabrielle Starr, a highly regarded scholar of English literature whose work reaches into neuroscience and the arts, took office as the 10th president of Pomona College in 2017.

Under Starr’s leadership, the College is in the midst of a strategic planning process to prepare for the future, and has launched a key initiative to support research and engagement in the humanities. In December 2018, the College announced plans for a new athletics and recreation center for health and wellness.

Starr is a national voice on access to college for students of all backgrounds, the future of higher education, women in leadership and the importance of the arts.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and author of two books, Starr offers a compelling case for working across academic disciplines to spark intellectual discovery. Her research looks closely at the brain, through the use of fMRI, to help get to the heart of how people respond to paintings, music and other forms of art.

Her most recent book, “Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience,” (MIT Press, 2013) was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2014 Christian Gauss Award, and her work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship and a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant.

Starr is an experienced academic leader. As dean of New York University’s College of Arts and Science, she oversaw the undergraduate experience for more than 7,000 students across 55 departments and programs, and she led the development of new cohort and first-year programs. She served as chair of the English Department and director of undergraduate studies during her more than 15 years at NYU.

Starr also launched a partnership with New York City’s largest community college to create a pipeline in STEM, and she co-founded a cross-university prison education program, offering A.A. degrees in the liberal arts to students in a medium-security prison.

Since her move to Southern California, Starr has made it a priority to connect with community organizations, and she recently joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic Board of Directors. On the national level, she serves on the board of directors for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE).

Starr grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and she set off for Emory University as an undergraduate at the age of 15. At Emory, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in women’s studies before going on to Harvard University to earn her doctorate in English and American literature.

Robert R. Gaines – Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College; Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of Geology

Pitzer College

Dr. Melvin L. Oliver – President

Melvin L. Oliver is the sixth president of Pitzer College, an award-winning professor, author and a noted expert on racial and urban inequality.

Before joining Pitzer College, President Oliver served as the executive dean at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s College of Letters and Science, where he was also the SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and a professor of sociology. During his 12-year tenure as the dean of social sciences at UCSB, he promoted faculty diversity and championed increased access for underrepresented students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Prior to UCSB, Oliver was the vice president of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at the Ford Foundation. Under Oliver’s direction, the program developed pioneering grant initiatives, including a $50 million program to secure home mortgages for 35,000 low-wealth households and change the way banks evaluate applications for home mortgages.

As professor of sociology at University of California, Los Angeles, from 1978-96, he was named California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and received the Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1989, he was the founding co-director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, which is a leader in the development of undergraduate and graduate curriculum and world-class research on urban poverty and social welfare policy.

Oliver co-authored Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality with Thomas M. Shapiro, which won the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association, the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the award for the outstanding book on the subject of human rights from the Gustavus Myers Center for its groundbreaking exploration of race and equality when it was first released in 1995. He is the co-editor of four books, including Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles, and the author of numerous special journal issues and more than 50 scholarly publications. In acknowledgment of the quality and impact of his scholarly contributions, Oliver was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.

Oliver earned his BA at William Penn College and his MA and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Washington University awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award, Arts and Sciences in 2002 and the Sesquicentennial Celebration Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. William Penn honored him with the Distinguished Career Award in 2012. Oliver received a 2016 ASSET Builder Champion award from the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

An Overview of the Office of the Dean of the College, Pomona College

The Dean of College’s office is at the heart of Pomona’s mission, dedicated to the shaping and sustaining of its intellectual life. We support the faculty in their teaching and research, administer the academic program and help the College explore new instructional initiatives. We also support cooperative programs with our counterparts at the other Claremont Colleges.

Pomona College Academic Programs and Faculty

Majors and minors: 48 in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary study

Courses: About 600 at Pomona, with nearly 2,700 courses at all colleges

Faculty: 186 full-time professors

Research: 53 percent of students conduct research with faculty, with more than 200 students participating in research each summer.

The Pomona College Student Body

Enrollment: 1,671 students; 50 percent women; 50 percent men

Student-faculty ratio: 8 to 1

Average class size: 15

Internships: The summer internship program funds about 80 domestic and international internships each summer. PCIP, our academic year program, provides paid experiential learning opportunities for about 130 students.

Study Abroad: Approximately 49 percent of Pomona students study abroad in 59 programs in 34 countries

Campus: Our 140-acre campus has 15 residence halls and three dining halls. Ten of our buildings have been LEED certified (one silver, six gold and three platinum).

Campus Life:

  • 98 percent of students live on campus in 16 residence halls
  • Seven dining halls, including three at Pomona, where students can use their meal plans
  • More than 250 clubs and organizations at the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges

The Arts:

Pomona students have boundless opportunities to be involved in the arts, including eight musical ensembles, from glee club to orchestra, theatre productions, art exhibitions, and access to our vibrant art museum.

The Class of 2022 Profile

  • Total Applications: 10,245
  • Admit Rate: 7.6%
  • Class Size: 413 (225 Females, 188 Males)
    • Prior Gap-Year Matriculants: 11
    • QuestBridge Match Scholars: 17
    • Posse Scholars: 18
    • Early Decision Matriculants: 161
    • Regular Decision Matriculants: 206


  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Black or African American: 10.4%
  • Hispanic of any race: 16.2%
  • International: 11.6%
  • Race/Ethnicity unknown: 4.6%
  • Two or more races: 7.3%
  • White: 34.6%
  • Students whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year college: 17.9%

One of the greatest resources of Pomona College is the richness of diversity in the student body of 1,673. Hailing from 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and 59 foreign countries, students are exposed to new ideas and perspectives by their peers as often as by their faculty.

An Overview of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Pitzer College

The vice president/dean is an advocate for the faculty, providing the support needed for them to succeed in their mission of teaching and scholarship. The vice president/dean interacts with the other Claremont Colleges, representing and promoting Pitzer’s interests within the collective, and supervises multiple Pitzer administrative offices. All of these efforts require a close working relationship with the President and other members of the President’s Cabinet, as well as the Board of Trustees.

Pitzer College Academic Programs and Faculty

Majors and minors: 40+ majors & 20+ minors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences & interdisciplinary studies

Popular Majors: psychology, environmental analysis, economics, sociology, media studies and self-designed degrees

Courses: About 360 at Pitzer, with more than 2,000 classes available across The Claremont Colleges—a consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate institutions

Faculty: 69 tenured or tenure-track professors

The Pitzer College Student Body

Enrollment: 1,062 students

Student-faculty ratio: 11 to 1

Average class size: 16.5

Student Life:

  • Approximately 93% of students live on campus; of those, about 68% live in LEED-certified residence halls
  • Farm-to-fork dining hall ranked #13 in US by The Princeton Review
  • 200+ student clubs and organizations across The Claremont Colleges
  • Pomona-Pitzer Athletics, Pitzer’s joint athletics department with Pomona College, fields 21 NCAA D3 varsity sports teams known as the Sagehens
  • #3 Most Active Student Government—Princeton Review, Best Colleges 2018

Community Engagement:

  • Students, faculty and staff commit approximately 100,000 hours to community-based projects each year
  • All Pitzer students participate in service-learning courses before graduation
  • Ranked #8 for Students Most Engaged in Community Service—Princeton Review, 2016

Intercultural Education:

  • #1 for the most student Fulbrights at an undergrad institution for 6 straight years—The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2010-2015
  • #5 nationally for most undergraduate students studying abroad—U.S. News & World Report, 2016
  • Pitzer runs 8 study abroad programs and offers 32 International Exchanges and 5 Domestic Exchanges

Environmental Awareness:

  • Home to the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability
  • First college in Southern California to divest from fossil-fuel stocks
  • More than 25% of Pitzer’s energy comes from renewable sources

The Class of 2019 Profile

  • Total Applications: 4,358
  • Admit Rate: 13.7%
  • Class Size: 266
  • Average GPA: 3.96
  • Students of Color: 45%
  • International Students: 9.1%
  • First Generation College Students: 12.9%


  • Men: 36.7%
  • Women: 57.4%
  • Another Gender*: 2.8%
  • Undisclosed: 3.1%
  • including, but not limited to gender non-conforming, genderqueer, trans man, trans woman, non-binary
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: .5%
  • Black or African American: 7.4%
  • Asian or Asian American: 12.9%
  • Hispanic of Any Race: 13.9%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: .5%
  • White: 42.1%
  • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3.8%
  • International Students: 9.1%
  • Two or more races: 9.8%

Benefits Overview

Pomona College offers a wide variety of benefits for employees, including:

  • Health plans
  • Vision and dental plans
  • Flexible spending account
  • Fitness and wellness programs
  • Employee assistance program
  • Life insurance
  • Pet insurance
  • Identity protection
  • Legal assistance
  • Retirement plans
  • Workers compensation and disability
  • Tuition assistance
  • Rideshare incentives
  • Housing

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell D. Robinson at or Anne-Marie Kenney at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Pomona College prides itself in being an open, competitive, and equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care leave status, veteran’s status, or any other category described in Pomona College’s Nondiscrimination Policy or protected by law.