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Green River College Presidential Search

Presidential Search

The Green River College Board of Trustees has announced their search for the next president of Green River College. Green River College is conveniently located between Seattle and Tacoma. The President serves as the chief executive officer of the College, reporting to a five-member board appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington. The President will lead the College academically, administratively and fiscally, as guided by the mission and Strategic Plan of Green River College.

Update (February 1, 2017): The Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members are reviewing applications. Semifinalist candidates will be notified by Feb. 17, 2017.

Update (March 16, 2017): Green River College's Board of Trustees announced that four finalists have been selected in the search for the school's next president. The candidates will visit campus beginning April 10, 2017. Following a national recruitment process, the search committee forwarded the four finalists to the Green River College Board of Trustees for consideration. The successful candidate will replace Interim President Scott Morgan, and is expected to begin their duties this summer.

Presidential Finalists

Utpal K. GoswamiUtpal K. Goswami, Ph.D. currently serves as president of Metropolitan Community College- Maple Woods, in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Goswami has more than 33 years of higher education experience, divided between classroom and administration at colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Missouri and Texas. He is experienced in advocating for community college funding, fostering shared governance, enhancing student success, programming for workforce development, launching and completing capital projects, and revamping and integrating technology platforms. Goswami is actively involved in statewide and local community organizations related to education, community service and economic development. 

Suzanne M. Johnson

Suzanne M. Johnson, Ph.D. is the current Vice President of Academic Affairs at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, NY. Dr. Johnson began her career in higher education in 1988 as a psychology instructor at Dowling College, and moved through the ranks to become the Dean of the College in 2012. Johnson also served as the Interim Campus President of the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, OR. Johnson has been instrumental in accreditation reviews, providing leadership over both instruction and student affairs, as well as having a deep commitment to the community college mission.

Kenneth G. Lawson

Kenneth G. Lawson, Ph.D. is currently the Vice President for Instruction at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. He has a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Washington.  Dr. Lawson served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Seattle Central College and Dean of Equity and Social Justice/Social Sciences at Shoreline Community College.  Dr. Lawson started teaching International Studies and Political Science at Shoreline in 2001. He has a passion for teaching and learning, and he is committed to ensuring underserved students have an equitable opportunity to succeed.

Elliot Stern

Dr. Elliot Stern serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Stern earned both a Juris Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and had a successful career as a physician-attorney and medical malpractice litigator. Stern changed career paths in 2003, and joined the ranks of Biology faculty at Everett Community College, where he later became Dean of Allied Health. Stern also served as the Dean of S.T.E.M. at Edmonds Community College. 

Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is a group of faculty, staff, students and community members at Green River College who have volunteered their time and efforts to prepare the Presidential Profile, a document that details the requirements for the next president of Green River College. The committee will also screen applications before recommending finalists to the Board of Trustees.

NameAssociationDetail
Jie Gao Student Chief Justice, Associated Student Government
Tiffaney Gibson Student Former, Associated Student Government
Jaeney Hoene Faculty President, United Faculty Union
Steve Kinholt Faculty Instructor, Mathematics
Liz Becker Faculty Division Chair, Humanities
Vik Bahl Faculty Co-Chair, Green River Diversity & Equity Council
Todd Henderson Classified Chief Shop Steward, IT
Jenny Park Classified Registrar’s Office
Nancy Kremer Exempt International Programs
George Frasier Administrator Executive Director, Foundation
Bruce deJong Foundation Board Mutual of Enumclaw
Kip Herren Community Member Superintendent, Auburn School District
Claudia Kauffman Board Chair, Green River College Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio)
Sharonne Navas Board Member, Green River College Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio)
Scott Morgan Committee Chair Interim President (Ex-Officio)

Search Timeline

Date(s)Activity
December 9, 2016 Position posted and advertised
December 9, 2016-January 30, 2017 Applications accepted via NeoGov
February 15-17, 2017 Semifinalist candidates notified
February 27-March 9, 2017 On-Campus Interviews—candidates will be reimbursed for travel to our Auburn, WA campus
March 17, 2017 Finalists Notified
April 14-21, 2017 “Home” visit by College representatives
April 10, 2017 Kenneth Lawson, Ph.D.  Interview Day
April 11, 2017 Dr. Elliot Stern Interview Day
April 12, 2017 Utpal Goswami, Ph.D. Interview Day
April 13, 2017 Suzanne Johnson, Ph.D. Interview Day
April 25, 2017 Green River College Board of Trustees offers position

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be notified of my application status? You will be notified in the date ranges indicated in the Timeline, either by email or by phone.

What happens at my on-campus interview? You will meet a group of dedicated students, faculty, staff, community members and ex-officio members, including our interim president and members of our Board of Trustees. This group of 18 people will conduct an interview that will last approximately 90 minutes.  There will also be a tour of Green River College's main Auburn campus and an opportunity for you to ask questions of us.

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 is a "Home" visit? Representatives of Green River College will visit your current place of employment to get a better sense of your working style and relationships. We will arrange this meeting to ensure that our visit is minimally disruptive.

What should I expect in the Finalist Interview? The finalist interview will include (at a minimum) a campus forum and an interview with the Board of Trustees.  You will be meeting our entire campus that day.

What is a Campus Forum? The Presidential Search Advisory Committee in coordination with the College Administration will provide all candidates with a topic to present to the Green River College campus community.  All candidates will receive the topic information in advance and will present on the same topic.  The forum will be recorded and made available for community members who are not able to attend.  You will be given a set amount of time to present on your topic and then will be asked to answer questions based on your presentation.

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 hr@greenriver.edu and your question will be directed to the appropriate person for a response.