Board approves president search funding

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The next step in finding a new permanent president for Shoreline Community College was approved by the Board of Trustees at the June 26, 2013 regular meeting.

The trustees approved a request-for-proposal (RFP) process that would have college officials performing an initial screening, then bring the top three proposals to the board.

While the cost of the services won’t be known until proposals are received, Assistant Attorney General Alan Smith said such consulting costs can be in the neighborhood of $60,000. The board didn’t approve any immediate expenditures, but did acknowledge the entire search process could cost as much as $100,000.

At its May 22 regular meeting, the board authorized staff to develop a request for proposals (RFP) for an executive search consultant to assist in the recruitment of presidential candidates. Since that time, the College’s assigned assistant attorney general and staff have worked to draft an RFP.

The college will conduct a search because President Lee Lambert has taken a job as chancellor of the Pima Community College system in Tucson, Ariz. At Shoreline’s May 22 board meeting, Lambert appointed Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell as acting president through June 30. Following a period of public feedback, the trustees at a June 13 special meeting appointed Campbell to be interim president starting July 1.

Campbell will serve as interim president until a permanent replacement is found.

There is no definite timetable for the search for presidential candidates, although discussion at the May 22 and June 13 board meetings indicate that the search-firm RFP process would likely occur this summer, with firm candidates coming to the board in September and a candidate search starting around Oct. 1. Presidential searches can generally take six to nine months.

Olstad leaves Board of Trustees

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IMG_1266Community involvement is a hallmark of Roger Olstad’s life.

With numerous volunteer positions to his credit, the retired University of Washington professor turned the page on another significant contribution on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in his final meeting as a member of the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees.

“I’m a strong believer in community,” Olstad said during a moment in the meeting to honor his service. “I’ve represented the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities over the years. The college is another community that has become very important to me and I’m a sorry to be leaving, especially at this time of change.”

State regulations require that trustees live within the designated college service area. Olstad, a longtime Lake Forest Park resident, is moving out of the college district in July. He has also served on the Lake Forest Park City Council, chaired the city’s Environmental Quality Commission and co-chair of the Friends of Third Place Commons.

Current Board Chair Phil Barrett said he Olstad was chair when he came on the board. “I have modeled myself after Roger; his calm and thoughtful approach.”

Olstad served as trustee starting in October, 2006.

Trustees pick Campbell as interim president

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Acting and soon-to-be Interim President Daryl Campbell (center) is flanked by trustees Roger Olsstad, Shoubee Liaw, Gidget Terpstra and Phil Barrett (from left).

Acting and soon-to-be Interim President Daryl Campbell (center) is flanked by trustees Roger Olsstad, Shoubee Liaw, Gidget Terpstra and Phil Barrett (from left).

Daryl Campbell will be Interim President of Shoreline Community College as of July 1, 2013.

With a 5-0 vote, the Board of Trustees said at June 13, 2013 special meeting that Campbell has the knowledge and experience they are looking for to take the college through period of searching for a permanent president.

“In my three years working with you, I’ve been very pleased with your precision and ability to treat people with respect,” said Phil Barrett, the current board chair. “You’ve got good communication skills and develop trust with those you work with; that’s something you’ve done every day.”

Incoming board chair Shoubee Liaw said, “If there is anyone who can move this campus forward, it is Daryl Campbell.”

For his part, Campbell said he is ready for the job.

“I’ve been here five years … and have fallen in love with the place,” Campbell said. “We have the vision, we have the motivation and we have the strength. As long as we stand together, we also have the answer to any problem or challenge we may face.”

Campbell is filling the position because the previous president, Lee Lambert, left for the chancellor job at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Campbell was named by Lambert to be acting president through June 30 and will now become interim president on July 1.

In May, the trustees had asked for public input on the qualities and qualifications that might be needed for an interim president. Prior to Thursday’s vote and an executive session, the trustees characterized the substance of the 89 comments that were received either by e-mail or letter.

“I’m very pleased that the community responded and gave us a tremendous amount of input,” Barrett said. “They ranged from terse to expansive, but for the most part were thoughtful and focused.”

In an e-mail to all employees and students, the trustees had suggested questions that might be answered in the feedback messages. One was whether a business administrator or an academic was preferred and another was whether an internal or external candidate should be the pick.

“Many people said we need someone understands both the academic side and the business side,” Barrett said, adding that “if I had to count,” it was 16-7, business over academic. “And it was 3-1, internal over external.”

By far, Barrett said, the number one trait identified in the comments was a “good communications skills.” One of the comments received, Barrett said, described having Campbell come to the person’s classroom as: “That’s the first time I’d seen an administrator in the classroom.”

Barrett and Liaw will serve as the negotiating team to work with Campbell on negotiating a contract for the interim duties. In addition, Campbell is working on a transition plan for his soon-to-be former duties as vice president for administrative duties. Both the contract and transition plan are expected to be completed prior to July 1.

The board also made some headway on the search process for a permanent president. Director of Financial Services Stuart Trippel presented information about the request for proposal for an executive search firm. While a final decision has not been made on whether to use such a service, the trustees did see a potential timeline that could push the start to a search back to Oct. 1, 2013. A decision on using a search firm could come at the board’s June 26 meeting.

One decision that was made regarding the permanent position is that the interim president will not be a candidate. The discussion included a comment by Assistant Attorney General Alan Smith that regardless of the decision, the board could always change its collective mind. A motion to exclude the interim made by Barrett passed on a 5-0 vote.

Interim president pick focus of trustees meeting

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The next step in choosing an interim president for Shoreline Community College could come Thursday morning, June, 13, 2013.

June 13 Agenda

The Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 11 a.m. that day. The agenda includes a discussion of input garnered through a public comment process that ended June 5. The Board is then scheduled to convene in a private executive session for discussion regarding applicant qualifications and/or the performance of a public employee.
The Board intends to reconvene with action possible on appointing an interim president. There will an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting.

The college is looking for a new president after Lee Lambert took the job as chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Lambert participated in Sunday’s graduation exercise at Shoreline and flew to Tucson the next day for the job that officially starts on July 1. He is on leave from Shoreline through the end of June.

Prior to leaving, Lambert appointed Vice President for Administrative Services Daryl Campbell as acting president, effective June 10 through the end of the month.

At their May 22 regular meeting, the trustees asked for public input on the qualities and qualifications that might be needed for an interim president. The interim president would be in place while the search is conducted for the permanent position. Such searches can often take a number of months.

Tayloe Washburn appointed as Shoreline trustee

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Tayloe Washburn, former managing partner at Foster Pepper and now Dean and CEO at Northeastern University's Seattle Campus, is a new trustee at Shoreline Community College.

Tayloe Washburn, former managing partner at Foster Pepper and now Dean and CEO at Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus, is a new trustee at Shoreline Community College.

Tayloe Washburn has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Board of Trustees for Shoreline Community College.

“Education is foundational to the success of our citizens, communities and economy,” Washburn said. “I look forward to helping Shoreline Community College continue its work in building that foundation.”

A Lake Forest Park resident, Washburn is the founding Dean and CEO for the Seattle Graduate Campus of Northeastern University. A prominent lawyer and civic leader, Washburn is experienced in building partnerships between the public and private sectors. A former managing partner with Seattle-based Foster Pepper law firm, Washburn’s law practices focused on land use, environmental issues, infrastructure and sustainable development/green building.

“We’re excited to have Mr. Washburn share his experience, expertise and commitment with the students of Shoreline Community College,” President Lee Lambert said.

Washburn has long advocated for expanded educational opportunities to prepare the region’s workforce for the needs of the 21st Century economy. Washburn earned a law degree from the University of Washington as well as a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in history, both from Stanford University.

Washburn is a former chair of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He has also chaired the boards of Seattle King County Economic Development Council and Schools First! He served on the boards of Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and the 5th Avenue Theatre. Gov. Gregoire previously appointed him to the Washington Aerospace Partnership.

In 2010, he received Leadership Tomorrow’s 2010 Eddie Carlson Outstanding Alumnus Award, given by the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center at the University of Washington. In 2012, Washburn was named Enterprise Seattle’s Economic Development Champion of the Year.

Washburn’s five-year term began Nov. 16, 2012. His appointment will go to the Legislature for confirmation during the coming session. Washburn takes the place of Jerry Smith, who left Sept. 30, 2012. Washburn joins Phill Barrett, Shoubee Liaw, Roger Olstad and Gidget Terpstra on the five-member Board. All appointments are made by the Governor.

The Seattle campus of Boston-based Northeastern University is in the South Lake Union area of Seattle. Starting in 2013, the campus plans to offer graduate-degree programs in business, education and nonprofit, healthcare leadership and management and science, engineering and technology. Earlier this year, Northeastern received state approval to become the state’s first private research university.

In a May interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal, Washburn talked about his career move. “It resonated with my desire for our region to stay strong,” he said. “Most important, it will help our economy stay strong because it’s going to try and narrow the gap between the workers we need and the workers we’re producing here.”

Washburn said that Northeastern’s arrival in Seattle isn’t about competing with other schools for students; it is about offering more education to more people at all levels.

“It’s a question of how the existing institutions … of higher learning work together and collaborate to improve our region,” Washburn said. “And I know a lot of the college presidents. My first round of tours will be to go out and talk to them and figure out how we can work together, for example, to break the logjam in Olympia for funding K-12 and higher-ed.

“One of the greatest threats to our regional economy is our workforce shortage … meaning that all of the existing institutions in our state fall short in many different sectors to meet the capacity needs, the workforce needs, of our companies.

“Education is the key to prosperity for all people. I’ve volunteered at the K-12 level with School First! I’m working at the graduate level with Northeastern and I’ve very excited to now be involved with a community college of Shoreline’s caliber.”