Green River College 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.
Utpal 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, 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, 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.
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.
|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)|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org and your question will be directed to the appropriate person for a response.