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Home Issue No 38 | Fall Quarter | November/December 2009


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Green River President Values International Education

Green River President Rich Rutkowski with international student Mika Aoyama.

Richard A. Rutkowski, Green River Community College President and Mika Aoyama, International Student from Japan and Student Body Vice President.

“We are proud of Green River’s international reputation as a leader among community colleges,” says Green River College President Rich Rutkowski, one of the longest serving community college presidents in the United States. President Rutkowski has worked at Green River for 35 years, serving 26 of those years as president.

Green River ranks 14th among all community colleges in the United States based on international enrollment (Institute of International Education Open Doors report 2008). Green River currently has just over 1000 international students from over 40 countries.

“International Programs plays a vital role at Green River in creating an international campus climate and supporting our commitment to excellence and innovation,” President Rutkowski says. International students help to foster cultural understanding and exchange as well as contribute to the campus through their involvement in class, student government, activities, and community service projects.

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. Rutkowski adds: “I want to personally thank our international students and their families for considering to study at Green River. International students help to make Green River a great environment for study where all students can get a global education.”


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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