As the director of the Office of Career Services, Judy Fisher is responsible for administration, management, strategic planning, and development of comprehensive career services, programs and resources. Fisher has worked over 28 years in higher education assisting students achieve their educational and career goals. The past 16 years have been specifically focused on leading career centers on small, liberal arts campuses. She has a track record of restructuring career centers to increase services to college constituents and overall effectiveness and productivity.
Fisher joined the dean of students team in summer 2006. Prior to coming to Harvey Mudd, Fisher was the director of the Career Development Center at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She worked at Occidental College from September 1997 to June 2006. Fisher was responsible for a student body of 1800 and completely redesigned the career center as well as increased the staff of two to a staff of four. Fisher participated in the college’s $2 million Lilly Grant initiative.
In addition, Fisher was an adjunct faculty member at two community colleges – Cypress College and Long Beach City College. At Cypress College, she was an academic counselor and taught career courses; at Long Beach City College, she was a career counselor and helped in the academic advising center. Prior to these positions, Fisher worked for 10 years at California State University, Long Beach in the Department of Education. Her role was to coordinate the Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials’ requirement of student teaching.
Fisher earned her B.A. in political science from UCLA and her M.S. in counseling with an emphasis in student development in higher education from California State University, Long Beach.
She was selected by her regional professional association, (now MPACE), as an awardee to attend the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Management Leadership Institute in 2001. She served as the executive chair of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Schools and Independent Colleges (CLASIC) from 2001–2003. Fisher has served as a presenter and panelist for several MPACE conferences as well as serving on its planning committees.