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James Dorsey

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Executive Director


Washington State MESA

Currently, as the Executive Director for Washington State MESA at the UW College of Engineering, Mr. Dorsey blends nearly thirty years of progressive senior and executive leadership roles within the MESA organization with a distinct expertise in STEM education, with an emphasis on access for underrepresented students.


He has dedicated his career to offering statewide and national leadership to campus-based program administrators and staff, particularly helping to “close the operational and cultural gap” between STEM related undergraduate (university and community college) and pre-college programs. Mr. Dorsey’s leadership and vision has contributed towards several of MESA’s innovations and strategic partnerships; however, his most enduring metric of success is the countless thousands of professional MESA Alumni around the country.

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