Regina Suitt is the Dean for Adult Education at Pima Community College. She leads multiple district-wide complex programs including all Arizona Department of Education funded Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition for Adults. Additional programs include Civics & Student Leadership, AmeriCorps, Family Literacy, Distance Learning, Transition services, Bridge to College & Career Readiness, Project RAISE, Refugee Education, Workplace Education, Volunteers, and well as managing the largest GED testing center in the state. Over 175 staff, Instructors, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers support over 8,000 students and testers a year in the Adult Education Program.
Regina earned her BA in English from Iowa State University. She started her career working and living on the Tohono O’odham reservation teaching English to high school students. It was there that she began teaching HSE classes part time in a village meeting house. She then moved on to teach HSE full time in the Pima County Jail for 8 years while also teaching as PCC adjunct faculty at the State Prison for 5 years.
Regina has a Master’s of Education in Leadership from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in Community College Leadership. The Adult Education Program and Regina have received many awards over the 40 + year history. Regina was honored most recently, in 2011 by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) as Administrator of the Year.
Serves on the board of directors for Edge Charter H.S., one of the longest running
charter schools in Pima County
Serves as Awareness Committee Chair for the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning
Serves on the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) board as a Regional
Representative for 8 states and as the Public Policy Chair.
Serves on the Advocacy Committee for Literacy Connects
Was appointed by Congressman Raul Grijalva to Mayor Rothchild’s Education Task Force
Regina is married to Tracy and they have two daughters. Her mother was an immigrant to the United States who learned English and became a citizen, and she has several family members who have also received their GED’s