Nicolas “Nick” Pierson was born in Nogales, Arizona, to parents of Mexican descent. His
mother came to Nogales from Sinaloa, Mexico where she met his father, who had just
returned from serving in the European Theatre in WWII. Nick grew up on the Tohono
O’Odham and the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, where his father taught in the Public Schools. He spent much of his youth with his Mexican relatives on both sides of the border and was heavily influenced by the cultures of Mexico and America on the border. Also impactful in his upbringing were his friendships with his O’Odham and Apache classmates.

He attended public schools in Sells, Arizona, for part of his grade school years, completing his elementary education in Whiteriver, Arizona. He graduated from Alchesay High School in a class of 32 students. Nick is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where he was a recognized student leader. He also is a graduate of Project Central (Center for Rural Leadership) Class XV.

Nick went on to serve eight years in US Army Field Hospital units. He later owned a Pension Administration Company in Southern California, working with many businesses in California and Arizona. As an adult 4H leader, he worked with youth in Orange County, California.

Nick has a successful practice as a Financial Advisor and has completed over 40 years of service as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He has served on Non-Profit
Boards for many years, including the Arizona Town Hall Board of Directors, the Educational Foundation of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors and the Changuitos Feos Board of Directors”. He founded Tus Vecinos en El Barrio, a Hispanic coalition in South Tucson, in 2008, and founded the Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Fox Theatre in 2013 along with the Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Tucson and the Mexican Consulate. This September 15th will be the 9th annual celebration at the Fox Theatre. Each event has

had the theatre at full capacity.

As a member of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation Board of Directors, co-chaired the
Programming and Marketing Committee and spearheaded the initiative for the Fox
Theatre’s Youth Art and Culture Program to help showcase talented youth. In addition to

his involvement with youth programs, Nick focuses on creating an environment where all
students can thrive. He believes that a healthy school environment is a key to a good
education that will prepare our students to fulfill their dreams and become contributing
members of our community.

Nick has been married to his wife Marolyn for 51 years, they have 3 children and 7


To work with all the Pima Community College stakeholders to:

  • To be a catalyst for programs that will spread across all our Arizona
    communities by building on the successful foundations existing at Pima
    Community College to accomplish the College’s Mission, “Empower every
    learner, every day, for every goal”.
  • To be a catalyst in increasing Student Enrollment across all our communities by
    enhancing recruitment and providing the educational menu “for every learner,
    every need, for every goal” to transform more lives and empower their career
    potential through an affordable education.
  • To provide first class customer service to students and the community
  • To assure that students can complete an Associate degree in a timely manner
  • To maximize outreach to High Schools which will help increase student

About Nick Pierson

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