The Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Skagit Valley College (SVC), a comprehensive community college serving Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties in northwest Washington state. The president reports to a five-member board, who are appointed by the governor of Washington state. SVC seeks a visionary leader who is passionate about the community college mission, committed to equity and inclusion, serving an increasingly diverse community of students, faculty, and staff, and who is a forward-thinking collaborator. The SVC community values a president who embodies the College’s Guiding Principles of Respect, Integrity, Open and Honest Communication, Collaboration, and Compassion. The successful candidate will be equity-minded, passionate about the mission of a comprehensive community college, and committed to the College’s core themes of Equity in Access, Equity in Achievement, and Equity in Community.
Skagit Valley College is nestled within a unique bioregion of agricultural farmlands, temperate forests, and pristine shorelines within western Washington state and serves approximately 7,000 students each quarter at one of its two campuses and three centers: Mount Vernon campus (main campus), Whidbey Island campus in Oak Harbor, Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, San Juan Center in Friday Harbor, and Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy in Burlington. SVC is committed to meeting students where they are and providing a learning environment that reflects our core themes of equity in access, achievement, and community.
The next President of SVC will have proven experience in overseeing multiple college sites and instructional and service delivery systems, engaging in data driven decision making, budgeting and finance that supports the college’s strategic plan and successful resource development experience, including direct fundraising experience, working with a college foundation, grant development, and legislative relations at the state and federal level. With demonstrated leadership in advancing equity and social justice by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout an institution of higher education, the next President will show success in recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce, as well as experience working with unions, including an understanding and commitment to interest-based bargaining. The next President will also ensure the completion of the College’s long-term strategy to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and build upon and complete the College’s successful Student Achievement Strategy, with a continued focus on equitable outcomes. The President will also be able to apply insights gained during pandemic restrictions to improve and expand delivery systems for instruction and student services and to continue to increase educational opportunities in transfer, workforce, and basic education for adults and community/continuing education to address regional workforce needs.
Application and Nomination Procedure
Skagit Valley College is being assisted by Academic Search. For additional information about this opportunity, please review the position profile, which includes a full list of required and desired characteristics for the next President at www.academicsearch.org under the “Open Searches” tab.
Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity by contacting Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins at Shirley.Pippins@academicsearch.org or Dr. Carlos N. Medina at Carlos.Medina@academicsearch.org.
This position is open until filled, but only applications received by February 11, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to SVCPresident@academicsearch.org. Application materials should include a letter of application addressing how one’s education and experience meet the opportunities, traits, and qualifications detailed in the Presidential Profile, a current curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for a minimum of three professional references, including a note indicating the candidate’s working relationship with each (references will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate), and a maximum three-page statement explaining the candidate’s motivation, experience, and approach in fostering a culture of equity and inclusion.
Skagit Valley College provides a drug free environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or age in its programs and employment.