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Director of Student Life
Welcome to SVC! I am Juan Miguel Blanco the Director of Student Life. I have been working at SVC since July 2012 and really enjoy our beautiful county, district, and this college. I am originally from Lodi California, located in the amazing San Joaquin Valley. I went to college at California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico) and received my B.A. in Child Development. After that, I moved to Denver Colorado for Graduate School and earned my Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I worked four year at CSU, Chico in various capacities and advised numerous student organizations. As the Director of Student Life, I wear many hats. My primary responsibilities consist of advising the Associated Students and Program Board, working with student leaders and club advisors, and serving as one of the conduct administrators for the district. I work with a dynamic team of professionals to provide students with leadership opportunities/workshops, guidance in college and state policies, and programming opportunities that help facilitate student involvement. I am ecstatic about the many opportunities to enjoy nature in this beautiful state and work with the students at SVC. I look forward to an awesome year!
Student Life Program Coordinator
Hey There! My name is Brian Murphy and I have worked and coached at Skagit Valley College since September of 1998, starting as the Athletics Activities Coordinator and Assistant Baseball Coach. In 2009, my job was expanded to include responsibilities in the Student Life Office in addition to Athletics. Those responsibilities include advising the Associated Student of Skagit Valley College, serving as a Student Conduct Administrator, and serving as the Knutzen Cardinal Center Manager. I was born and raised in Olympia, WA, graduating from Olympia High School in 1991 and then moving on to receive a degree in Recreation Management from Western Washington University in 1995. While still working at Skagit Valley College, I went back to school and received a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Leadership from Seattle Pacific University in 2008. When not at work I love to spend time with my family, preferably doing something in the outdoors, such as hiking, skiing, or fishing and I am also an avid watcher of sports on TV.
I hope you have great success at Skagit Valley College. Give us a call or stop by the Student Life Office if you have any questions or are looking for ways to get involved at SVC.
Brian lives in Bellingham, WA with his wife Katy and daughters Grace (12), and Natalie (10)
Student Life Assistant
Leah is the office assistant for Student Life and Head Softball Coach on the Mount Vernon campus. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in Physical Education. Leah has 12 years of experience in higher education working with students, staff, faculty in the areas of Student Life and Athletics. Leah is in her fourth year as the Head coach of our softball program and is a welcomed addition to our full time staff in student life.
Student Life Program Coordinator
I currently work for the Whidbey Island Campus Student Life Department working with Student Government, Program Board, and Clubs. I am a former graduate of Oak Harbor High School (2006) and of Skagit Valley College (2009) where I served in the Student Government and Program Board as well as various clubs on the WIC Campus. After Skagit I completed my B.A. degree at the University of Washington in History with an emphasis in Cultural Communications, in June of 2011. I then continued on to Ashford University where I graduated with my M.A. degree in Organizational Management with a specialization in Organizational Leadership in October 2012. My future career goals are to continue to work with students in higher education to develop their leadership skills and assist them with their duration of school while preparing them for the next advancements in life.
Student Life Office Assistant