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New Deans of Instruction for Career and Technical Education selected

Auburn, WA (March 10, 2017) - Timm Lovitt and Barry Robinson will become the new Deans of instruction for Career and Technical Education at Green River starting March 29.

Lovitt, currently Green River's Dean of Student Success and Retention, and Robinson, currently a biology faculty member at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, were selected following a national search. Their appointments were announced by Rebecca Williamson, interim vice president, Instruction.

"Barry and Timm impressed us with their collaborative styles, commitment to students and belief in the community college mission," Williamson said. "They both have strong track records in building and strengthening partnerships across campus communities."

According to Williamson, Robinson will oversee the Technology Division and Health Sciences Division while Lovitt will manage the Trades Division and Business Division.

Lovitt joined Green River as the director of Veteran Services in 2013. In that position, he helped veteran and military service members and their families successfully transition into campus life. In 2015, he was named Dean for Student Success and Retention. Lovitt earned an associate's degree from Edmonds Community College, a bachelor's degree from Seattle University and a master's degree from Western Governors University.

Since 2014, Robinson taught biology in Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Life Sciences Department. Previously, he held academic and teaching appointments at the University of Washington, Trinity Lutheran College, South Seattle College and Eastern Kentucky University. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree from Brescia University, master's degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Capella University and a Ph.D. from University of Kentucky.

Williamson thanked the Deans of Career and Technical Education Screening Committee, which hosted an Open House Jan. 18 and reviewed eighty-nine applications before recommending four finalists.

Committee members included Williamson, Donette Parry, Dan Sorensen, Monica Paulson Priebe, Nicole Harris, Richard Douglas, Angie Brenner, Leanna Patricio, Leslie Kessler, and Catherine Cantrell.

Deans Of Career And Technical

Education - Helping Shape Students' Futures Each Day

Green River College is hiring two Instructional Deans to oversee Career and Technical Education. Do you have a strong passion for student success? Are you committed to local economic development? Picture yourself working with innovative faculty and staff who thrive on thinking outside the box and trying new ideas. Envision yourself implementing new strategies and supporting educational programs that help South King County employers find the skilled employees they desperately need and training students for living-wage careers with advancement opportunities. Imagine how your work and positive influence will transform the lives of students, their families and future generations.

Update (Feb. 1, 2017): The  Deans of Career and Technical Education Screening Committee is reviewing applications. Interviews will be Feb. 21, 23 and 24.

About Green River College

Green River College is a community college where students from all over the world  come together with our local communities to learn, grow, and enrich their lives. Green River's main campus stretches over 180 acres of beautifully forested land. Branch campuses, located in downtown AuburnKent and Enumclaw, bring the College's unique educational experiences to local communities. The student experience is enhanced through opportunities to engage in tutoring, clubs, field trips, and other activities offered by motivated staff who advise, counsel, and support students. Discover more about Green River by visiting About Us.

Green River will host having an Open House for potential Green River College Deans of Career and Technical education Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, in the Trades and Technology Buildings. At the Open House, you will have the opportunity to talk to current Interim Deans (who are not applying for these positions) about:

  • Green River's Career and Technical Education Degrees and Certificates
  • Current opportunities
  • Benefits of working at Green River

Additionally, you can take a guided tour of Green River's Auburn campus to get a first hand feel for the College - from classrooms to the Student Union Building. Contact Kirk Walker for more information. 

Position Description

Career And Technical Education

The Instructional Deans that oversee Career and Technical Education at Green River have a broad range of responsibility.  Instructional divisions include: Business; Trades; Technology; and Allied Health. These four divisions offer more than 100 degrees and certificate programs and serve nearly 3,000 students per year.
In addition, the Deans serve as leads for Bachelors of Applied Science degree development, the state Workforce Education Council, a variety of state and federal grants (including TAACCCT), as well as oversight for Perkins, Worker Retraining and WorkFirst funding. The Deans are also responsible for overseeing program specific accreditations and associated regulatory compliance.
Career and Technical Education is core to Green River College. The College's core themes are:

  • College Transfer Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • College Readiness Education
  • Continuing and Community Education
Learn more about Green River's values, themes and objectives by visiting the Strategic Plan page.

Currently, the College is focused on three main goals:
  • Recruitment
  • Retention and completion
  • Diversity and inclusion.
The Career and Technical Education Deans will be actively focused on achieving these goals in their respective areas. 

Commitment To Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

Green River College is committed to enhancing and supporting a diverse campus environment, incorporating principles of equity in order to promote inclusive practices. Diversity is understood in terms of intersectional identities defined by culture, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, social class, disability, religion, veteran status, immigration status, and age. Given the diversity of our student population and service areas, we encourage applications from faculty, staff, and administrators with demonstrated experience and expertise in supporting, sustaining, and serving people from a wide range of backgrounds and collaborating effectively with others.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Lead by building and supporting effective relationships, encouraging collaboration, empowering others, and following-through on work commitments.
  • Communicate and foster a shared vision within departments and divisions.
  • Set clear, challenging, obtainable, and measurable goals with this shared vision.
  • Lead the strategic management of enrollment goals towards goal achievement for FTE and student/faculty ratio within budgetary constraints.
  • Promote an equitable work and learning environment.
  • Promote, support, and facilitate faculty in developing and delivering curricula grounded with multicultural and diversity-based history, knowledge, and skills.
  • Engage in college-wide administrative work including the review and implementation development of the College's mission, strategic directions, and budgets.
  • Provide leadership and oversight in integration of Academic and Student Affairs that represent the comprehensive mission of the College.
  • Partner with industry, organized labor, and civic leaders at the local and state levels on collaborative initiatives.
  • Supervise and support faculty and staff according to negotiated agreements, including: hiring, orientation, staff development, tenure, post-tenure, and/or corrective evaluation.
  • Make administrative decisions for departments and divisions in collaboration with faculty, staff, Student Affairs and other appropriate stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the preparation and development of budgets for departments and be responsible for budget administration within available resources.
  • Collaborate with staff and colleagues in the design, collection, and analysis of data required for the planning, development, and day-to-day operation of departments and divisions.
  • Work and interact effectively with individuals from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Develop, monitor, and/or encourage the negotiation of grants and contracts with potential partners to generate revenue and enhance educational opportunities in compliance with established College policies and external regulations
  • Participate in appropriate statewide councils and workgroups, such as the Workforce Education Council.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three (3) years of management experience demonstrated by:
    • a collaborative and engaged management style
    • openness to innovative ideas
    • success in using data to make decisions and guide change.
  • Demonstrated experience, expertise, and commitment to equity in working with students, communities, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Experience working in an environment focused on student success, preferably at a community college.
  • Excellent communication skills with the demonstrated ability to adapt style and modality to a wide range of audiences.


January 6, 2017 Position posted and advertised
January 6 - January 31, 2017 Applications accepted via NeoGov
February 15- 17, 2017 Anticipated first round interviews
February 27 - March 3, 2017 Anticipated finalist interviews
March 27, 2017 New Deans start

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NeoGov? NeoGov is the application platform utilized by Green River College. If you encounter an issue while using NeoGov, the site has a support function or you can contact our recruiting office during normal business hours. Our office can be reached at (253) 288-3320 or (253) 833-9111, ext. 2604.

How will I be notified of my application status? You will be notified either by email or by phone. You can also check your application status in NeoGov.

How will I get reimbursed for my travel? Through the hard work and dedication of our professional staff.  To be more specific, a member of the Human Resources team will provide you with everything you need to complete for a reimbursement during your visit.  Once you submit the information back to us, members of our Business Affairs team will process your reimbursement. 

What if I have questions during the process? You can always ask.  We are here to help.  While your contact may change as your go through the process, you can always email tshilipetar@greenriver.edu.