Candidate profile



Shoreline Community College is a dynamic and vibrant community college offering excellent, academic, professional-technical, adult basic education and continuing education. The College has strong growth-related initiatives including internationalization, which includes extensive international recruitment and domestic programing components, and the Virtual College, a robust online education effort that is putting the College at the leading edge of education technology. The College serves about 8,000 headcount students plus another 10,000 with professional workforce training and education for those currently employed.


The beautiful campus of 83 acres includes about 26 buildings and is located in Shoreline, Washington, just 20 minutes north of downtown Seattle. The College is recognized for its strong university transfer rates, particularly to the University of Washington. At the same time, the College offers the largest I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) program in the state, and is also known for its broad programs in multi-cultural education.


The Board of Trustees is seeking a president for Shoreline who will lead the college to an even higher level of academic achievement with its focus on student success, building community and meeting the needs of the diverse student population.


The President of Shoreline Community College will be a collaborative leader who will make a long-term commitment to the College. He/she will address the following areas:


Opportunities and Challenges

  • Strengthen and expand the current work on student success while reinforcing the commitment to succeed in a multi-cultural and diverse environment.
  • In an era of financial constraint, develop alternative revenue to meet campus needs, including physical plant expansion and construction of capital projects.
  • Integrate and execute strategic plan priorities in educational attainment and student success; program excellence, community engagement, access and diversity and financial stewardship.
  • Foster and build a campus team focused on the goals of the college and oriented to providing superior services to all students.
  • Encourage, support, and enhance the trust and confidence of a campus community that focuses on the needs of students and values every employee for their role in contributing to the College’s mission.

Ideal Characteristics 

  • A student-focused leader who is deeply grounded in appreciation of and respect for the open access mission and learning mission of community colleges.
  • An experienced and successful fundraiser.
  • A politically savvy leader with extensive experience working with the state legislature.
  • A culturally competent leader for local as well as international students, who demonstrates a track record of advancing the success of all students in a diverse environment.
  • An excellent communicator who listens and solicits input from the campus community and focuses her/his leadership both internally to build community, and externally to strengthen existing relationships to the surrounding community and businesses as well as mission-related partners
  • Knowledge of the classroom environment and recognition of the vital contributions of faculty and staff to student success.
  • He/she is committed to personal lifelong learning and professional development and supports it for employees of the College.
  • An astute budget and financial manager who will encourage the highest level of professional performance and expertise in the complex federated Washington community and technical college system.
  • Extensive experience with transfer and articulation programs.
  • Experience working with organized labor and working on a campus with a strong union presence.
  • Strategically oversee college-wide improvements and the implementation of technology systems, including an improvement to existing financial aid systems and processes
  • Experience working with an appointed Board of Trustees.
  • The ability to strategically prioritize and execute improving infrastructure and facilities and overseeing new construction projects.
  • Values and has experience working with shared governance.
  • A superior communicator who builds bridges with all constituent groups.
  • Values the history and culture of Shoreline Community College. 

Minimum Qualifications

An earned master’s degree from an accredited college required, doctorate preferred.