President, Bunker Hill Community College
Dr. Pam Eddinger immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong at the age of 11 and grew up in Miami, Florida. She serves as President of Bunker Hill Community College, the largest community college in Massachusetts, with approximately 14,000 students enrolled each semester. Sixty-four percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The college also enrolls more than 900 international students who come from approximately 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages. Under her leadership, Bunker Hill was named a co-winner of Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award in 2014 for its excellent work around student success.
Pam has served community colleges in a number of leadership positions since 1993, in the areas of academic affairs, institutional advancement, student services, and marketing relations. From 2002 to 2005, she served as an administrator at MassBay Community College, first as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty from 2002 to 2004, then as Executive Vice President from 2004 to 2005). At MassBay, she successfully led the college’s 10-year accreditation selfstudy, chaired the college’s strategic planning committee, and secured a $2 million legislative earmark for capital improvement. She reorganized the college’s three academic institutes, raised enrollment in the division of continuing education by 13 percent, increased revenue by $2 million, and expanded the Automotive Technology Center with partners GM Motors, Daimler Chrysler, Toyota, and BMW.
In 2005, Pam began her tenure at Moorpark College, a 15,000-student, comprehensive community college, serving as Executive Vice President from 2005 to 2008, before serving as President. Pam proved to be a leader in institutional effectiveness and long-term planning and strategy. At Moorpark, she led the college’s development of the 2009-2019 educational master plan as well as other planning initiatives. She spearheaded the identification of core academic curricula, launched a web-based student planning and development initiative, guided expansion of distance learning, and committed sustainable resources for the creation of a student success center.
Pam serves on a number of local and national boards, including Boston Private Industry Council, EdVestors, a K-12 nonprofit reform organization, National Asian/Pacific Islander Council, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board.
She also serves on a number of education-related organizations including the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the Voluntary Framework of Accountability Oversight Board, and American Association of Community College Commission for Academic Student and Community Development.
In an interview in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, she said “I came when I was 11. My English was not great, and I was a little immigrant girl in Miami. If someone had not seen the potential, I’d be making widgets somewhere.”
Pam earned a master’s degree and doctorate in Modern Japanese Literature at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Barnard College.