Presidential Search

Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees have begun the search for a new college president in response to the planned retirement of current SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan. The new SVC president will provide inspiring and visionary leadership and continue the college’s mission of cultivating student learning and achievement; contributing to the education, personal, and economic success of students; and promoting equitable and thriving communities.
Daffodil field in Skagit Valley.
Fill Out an Online Survey
​In addition to the community forums, the college has developed a brief online survey to help in its search. Your responses will inform the development of the Presidential Profile, which will be used to recruit candidates and evaluate applications. Your feedback will be very helpful in the search for the next President of Skagit Valley College. The deadline to fill out the survey is 10 a.m., Dec. 3.

Your input and participation are greatly appreciated!
Attend a Community Forum

Your feedback is important! The community is invited to attend one of two virtual open forums to share opinions and thoughts about the qualifications needed for the next SVC president. No RSVP is needed. Participants can join the discussion on Zoom using the following links.

About SVC

Skagit Valley College is a comprehensive community college serving Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties in northwest Washington state. SVC is nestled within a unique bioregion of agricultural farmlands, temperate forests, and pristine shorelines. Each quarter, approximately 6,000 students attend SVC 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.

As Washington’s second oldest community college, SVC continues to make a positive difference in the communities we serve by welcoming all who aspire to professional and personal growth. The college’s strategic plan and guiding principles of integrity, respect, open and honest communication, collaboration, and compassion are at the center of its work.

SVC is committed to meeting students where they are and to providing a learning environment that reflects our core themes of equity in access, achievement, and community. The college was also recently recognized by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities as an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in acknowledgment of the college’s dedication and efforts toward becoming an HSI.


Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members

The presidential search advisory committee is composed of SVC employees and students along with representatives from the community. Selecting committee members is a thoughtful, deliberative process, and includes representatives from all aspects of the SVC community – colleagues who bring a variety of relevant professional, cultural, and personal experiences to the table.

Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members
Board of Trustees Megan Scott O’Bryan (Co-Chair)
Kathryn Bennett
Faculty Claudia Avendaño-Ibarra, Human Services Instructor, Mount Vernon campus
Kip Zwolenski, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Mount Vernon campus and SVCFT President
Classified Staff Shawna Blue, Bachelor of Applied Science Program Coordinator, Mount Vernon campus
Sue Jensen, Program Coordinator Registration, Whidbey Island campus
Administrative/Exempt Staff Yadira Rosales, Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Dean for Basic Education for Adults
Darren Greeno, Executive Dean for Instruction
Students Julie Cappelli, Whidbey Island campus
Ashlee Johnson, Mount Vernon campus
At-Large College Representatives Jeff Stady, Mathematics Instructor, Whidbey Island campus
Angela Logan, Communication Studies Instructor, Mount Vernon campus
SVC Foundation Margaret Rojas, Former Trustee; Assistant Director, North Sound Behavioral Health
Community Representatives Chris Skinner (Co-Chair), Former Trustee; Island County Superior Court Judge
Carl Bruner, Mount Vernon School District Superintendent (retired)
Presidential Search Timeline

Nov. 9
Board of Trustees announce membership of Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

Nov. 17-Dec. 3, 2021
Online survey distributed to solicit feedback for the Draft Presidential Profile.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2021
Host a series of forums to solicit input for the development of a Draft Presidential Profile (staff, faculty, students, administrators, and community members are invited to attend).

November 2021
Search Advisory Committee virtual training and orientation; Committee receives, reviews, and edits the draft Presidential Profile.

Dec. 14, 2021
BOT to approve the final Presidential Profile and announce selection of Search Consultant.

Dec. 20, 2021
Position is open and advertised. Presidential Profile is posted on skagit.edu. Targeted local, state-wide, and national one-to-one recruitment commences; national advertising placed.

February 2022
Target date for receipt of applications.

March 2022
Presidential Search Advisory Committee conducts interviews with candidates. The Committee deliberates and selects finalists to forward to the Board for further consideration. Finalists interview with the full Board, tour campus, participate in open public forums, meet with direct reports.

April 2022
Next President of Skagit Valley College is announced.

Sept. 1, 2022
Start date of new president or as agreed upon by the President-elect and Board of Trustees.

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