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Michelle Hobby-Mears, MBA

Director of Student Activities and Residential Life

Phone: 949-480-4134

Fax: 949-480-4243


Residential Life and Student Activities Staff

Student Affairs Staff


Michelle Hobby – Mears joined Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo as Director of Student Activities and Residential Life in September 2000.

Hobby - Mear's responsibilities include overseeing student activity programs on and off campus and managing the university's housing and residential life.

Prior to coming to SUA, Hobby - Mears served as Student Affairs Officer for seven years at University of California, Irvine Extension, where she directed, planned and implemented a unique housing program. She also has served as an overseas Marketing Representative and Liaison. Previously she was an Instructor and Advisor at Kobe College in Nishinomiya, Japan for nearly four years and was a guest lecturer at Kobe University in Kobe, Japan. She has also served as a consultant to Tezuka Productions in Tokyo, Japan and Matta Products Ltd. in Otaki, New Zealand. Her international experience has led her to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Hobby – Mears holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California and a Bachelor of Arts from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She also holds certificates in International Business and Management Development from the University of California Irvine Extension. She studied Global and Intercultural Communication from the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon. She also studied Japanese language and culture at the International School of Japanese in Nishinomiya, Japan and she holds a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Valencia, in Valencia, Spain.

Hobby - Mears has received the Aliso Viejo Mayor’s Recognition of Service,  the YMCA of Orange County Distinguished Chairmen Award,  the Outstanding Teamwork Award, the Superior Customer Service Award and the Hands Across Orange County Award from University of California, Irvine Extension and the Redlands School of Business Banta Service Award for Community Service.  She is a distinguished member of the University of Redlands Whitehead Leadership Society. She has served on the Board of Managers for the YMCA and on the Board of Directors for KCC: Japan Education Exchange and is listed in Outstanding Women in America. 

Hobby - Mears resides in Irvine, California.