The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors has confirmed Dr. Robert B. Miller as President and Chairman of the Board for the 2021 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, providing leadership for the 132nd Rose Parade and 107th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2021.
Miller announced “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme; celebrating education’s ability to open doors, open minds and change lives. “Education paves the path to success with a world of opportunities achieved through knowledge, compassion and determination. Education is the great equalizer,” shared Miller. “As a community college educator, I have seen firsthand the life-changing miracle that education provides. As students visualize their future, education becomes the bridge to accomplish their aspirations and transform lives for generations to come.”
Miller has been a volunteer member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association since 1984. He was appointed a Tournament Chair in 2002 and a Tournament Director in 2007. Throughout his extensive Tournament career, Miller has served on and chaired various committees including Float Construction, Float Entries, Post Parade and University Entertainment.
Professionally, Miller has been a Community College educator, administrator and consultant for more than 40 years and recently retired to provide full-time service to the Tournament of Roses. In 2016, Miller was appointed to the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance and Resource Development for the Los Angeles Community College District, the largest community college district in the country serving 245,000 students annually through nine colleges. Miller provided oversight for the District’s fiscal services, business services, government relations, institutional advancement, career and technical education, adult education and information technology units.
Prior to the Los Angeles Community College District, Miller came from the Pasadena Area Community College District (Pasadena City College) where he served in several positions including Interim Superintendent/President of Pasadena City College (PCC).
His last position with PACCD was as the Assistant Superintendent and Senior Vice President of Business and College Services responsible for the college’s fiscal services, business services, human resources, information technology, facilities and construction management, police and safety services, institutional research and auxiliary services units. Miller’s association with PCC began in 1975, when he produced an Emmy® nominated telecourse for the college. Over two terms of service spanning a combined 22 years, Miller held a variety of positions at Pasadena City College including adjunct faculty member, Production Manager of Instructional Television Services, Manager of Media Services, Associate Dean, Learning Resources, Academic Services Dean, Vice President, Educational Services, Assistant Superintendent and Senior Vice President, Business and College Services and Interim Superintendent/President.
From 1990 to 2005, Miller held vice president level positions in development and marketing with INTELECOM, a national leader in the production of educational television and distance learning courses owned by 38 California Community Colleges. Miller holds an associate degree in telecommunications from Pasadena City College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne, a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and a doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.
Miller and his wife, Barbara, have lived in the Pasadena area since 1969 and have supported the community through a variety of organizations. They have two adult children, Christopher (Jackie) and Nicole (Matthew) and four grandchildren (Penelope, Nathan, Auggie and Christopher).
CRAIG L. WASHINGTON ELECTED TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
SERVING AS PRESIDENT IN 2028
The Tournament of Roses also announced the 2020-2021 leadership and organizational structure.
Tournament of Roses Vice President Craig L. Washington, who has been a volunteer member since 2000, will serve as the Association’s President in 2028. He will provide leadership for the 139th Rose Parade and 114th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2028.
Washington was appointed a Tournament Chair in 2014 and a Tournament Director in 2016. He has served as Chair of the Queen & Court, Equestrian, Student Ambassadors and Formation Area committees, as well as Vice Chair of Decorating Places, Coronation, Kickoff and Tailgate committees. During this time, he has also served on the Tournament of Roses Foundation Board.
Professionally, Washington is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and California Real Estate Broker. He currently serves as a Regional Contract Manager for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., one of the largest technical services companies in the world. Prior to his work at Jacobs, Washington was Founder and CEO of Equisource, a real estate brokerage firm that served San Gabriel Valley, which he operated for 20 years. Washington began his professional career in Public Accounting with Arthur Andersen’s Los Angeles office.
Washington has been an active community volunteer and leader. He was appointed by then City of Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogard and Pasadena City Councilman John Kennedy to serve as Chairman of the Northwest Commission. During Washington’s tenure on the Northwest Commission, he played an instrumental role in the development and opening of Heritage Square, a 70-unit senior housing complex, and the $20 million renovation of Robinson Park and Recreation Center located in northwest Pasadena.
Washington was born and raised in Pasadena and attended Pasadena Unified School District schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating from Pasadena High School. Washington attended San Francisco State University and obtained a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.
Craig and Lorie Washington live in Pasadena and have one daughter, Drew Helen Washington, who served as the 2012 Rose Queen.
2020-2021 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
In addition, the following officers were elected to serve with Washington on the 14-member Executive Committee: Amy Wainscott, Executive Vice President; Alex Aghajanian, Treasurer; Ed Morales, Secretary. Laura Farber, President of the 2020 Tournament of Roses, serves as Immediate Past President.
Re-elected to the Executive Committee as Vice Presidents are Mark Leavens, Terry Madigan and Pam Knapp. The five appointed at-large members are Zabrina Alibadbad, Tiffany Gardner, Cecil Griffin, David Thaxton and Susy Woo. Miller also announced the election of new members to the Tournament of Roses Board of Directors; Missy Baiunco Augustyn and Kirk Ogawa.