The Seattle College District is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Washington State Governor and approved by the State Senate
for sequential five-year terms. The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to meet the changing educational needs of the community while reflecting the
community’s values in fulfilling the college mission.
Trustees certify the consistency of college missions and goals, formulate policy, and ensure effective leadership and responsible use of resources. They are responsible
for hiring the chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the Seattle College District and reports to the Board.
The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the Seattle College District who is hired by and reports to the
Board of Trustees. The chancellor is the district’s representative and advocate at local, regional, state and national
organizations. The chancellor is responsible for district-wide administrative services and support including Education,
Planning, e-Learning and Workforce Development; Business, Finance and Technology; and Human Resources. Additionally,
the chancellor is responsible for Seattle Colleges Television and web operations; district-wide international student
programs; and institutional advancement.
The chancellor hires the individual college presidents, who are responsible for the operation and management of the three colleges. College presidents
also serve as vice chancellors responsible for coordinating district-wide Instruction, Student Services and Advancement.
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Board of Trustees meetings begin with a study session or reception at 2:00 p.m.
Regular meeting agenda sessions will begin at 3:00 pm.
Dates and locations of the meetings are noted below.
All meetings are on the second Thursday of the month, except February ( with no meeting in August).
See below for scheduling revisionsand board packets.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.