Linda Cowan

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Linda Cowan, Trustee

Trustee Cowan served as Board Chair from 2013-2014, and as Board Vice Chair 2012-2013 and 2011-12. She is the retired Superintendent of Schools for the Auburn School District.

Cowan is active in the community and serves the following organizations:

  • Auburn Rotary, Past President, Secretary and Scholarship Committee Chair;
  • PEO Auburn Chapter;
  • Communities In Schools, Advisory Board;
  • PTA, Lifetime member
  • White River Valley Museum, Board Chair
  • Auburn Valley YMCA, Board member
  • Washington Association of School Administrators, member
  • Association of Washington School Principals, Legislative Committee Chair


The mission of Green River College is to:

Ensure student success through comprehensive educational programs and support services responsive to our diverse communities.


The vision for Green River College for 2020 is:

To be ranked among the very best in student completion and success and be an invaluable community partner and asset with robust and diverse revenue streams.

Core Values

The core values for Green River College are:

Student Success
We support student engagement, retention, completion and post-program success through excellent teaching and learning and comprehensive support services.

High Quality
We provide high quality in teaching, learning and support services in an environment of compassion and integrity

Student Access
We meet student needs for access to and inclusion in their educational pursuits

Community Engagement
We collaborate, stimulate and contribute to the educational, economic and social development of our external and internal communities through continued learning

We encourage, foster respect for and respond equitably to diverse perspective and needs

Global Awareness
We foster citizen responsibility by cultivating a global perspective on critical issues and challenges affecting our community and the world

We strive to maintain sound financial management, increase effective and efficient operations, develop state-of-the-art infrastructure (to include staffing, technology and facilities), and be forthcoming and transparent in accountability for resource use

We seek to encourage, create and adopt innovative perspectives, policies and practices that will help achieve the College's mission

Campus Environment
We preserve the safety, ecology and sustainability of our campus environment