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Important Information Issue No 67| Winter Quarter | January/February 2011


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New Green River President Values International Education

GRCC President Dr. Eileen Ely

Green River College President Dr. Eileen Ely.

Dr. Eileen Ely became Green River College’s fourth president in July 2010, following the retirement of Rich Rutkowski who led the college for 26 years. Dr. Ely holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in education administration with a major focus on Community College Leadership, a Master's degree from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University.

“At Green River College, we are fortunate to serve almost 1,200 International students from over 45 different countries,” said President Ely. Green River ranks in the top 20 among all community colleges in the United States based on International enrollment (Institute of International Education Open Doors Report 2010).

“In addition, thousands of domestic students have origins from all over the world. Our campus provides a living laboratory to help prepare all of our students for success in our increasingly multicultural and multinational world,” said President Ely. International students contribute to the campus and community through their involvement in class, student government, activities, and community service.

The outstanding academic achievement of our international students and their transfer record to top US universities including University of Washington, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, and many more demonstrates that students from everywhere can go anywhere from Green River (see transfer testimonials).

“We recognize that there are many educational options worldwide,” President Ely added. “I want to personally thank our valued educational partners around the world for assisting and supporting students and their families in choosing to study at Green River.”


To be a leader in International education by recruiting students throughout the world, providing excellent service and instruction, developing and delivering innovative programs, and creating a fun, exciting international campus climate. We will be the U.S. community college of choice for students and educational partners by being creative and responsive to the educational needs of our international clients.

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