Chancellor Search

Seattle Colleges is currently planning the search for a permanent chancellor. (Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap is the interim chancellor.)

AGB Search has been selected to lead the search, and committee members have been appointed. Please reference information below for additional details.

Zoom Listening Sessions Set for March 22-24

AGB Search will host Zoom “Listening Sessions” the week of March 20. The hosts will be seeking responses and dialogue on four individual questions:

  1. What are the current challenges facing Seattle Colleges?
  2. What are the experiences and credentials you expect to see in the next chancellor?
  3. What are the leadership opportunities?
  4. What do you hope to see in Seattle Colleges’ future?

Meeting Times and Dates
To accommodate schedules and enhance dialogue, groups and audiences have been assigned specific meeting times and dates, with a general all-call session on Friday, March 24.

Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 998 7493 2537
Passcode: 654321

Wednesday, March 22 

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Faculty
  • 2 to 3 p.m. - Current Students
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. - Community Members/Partners and Foundation Board Members

Thursday, March 23

  • 10 to 11 a.m. - Staff (Classified and Professional)
  • 1 to 2 p.m. - Management/Executive Cabinet

Friday, March 24

  • 10 a.m. - Open Session

Accommodations for Those Unable to Attend

A link to a survey will be provided on the Chancellor Search website for those unable to attend any session. The link will be available March 22.

Information and content from the sessions will be used to inform the search process.

Committee Members

  • Louise Chernin, Board Chair, Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Rosa Peralta, Board Vice Chair, Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Bradley Lane, Central Interim President, Seattle Colleges President’s Representative
  • Earnest Phillips, Associate Vice Chancellor, Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Representative
  • Rahim Rajan, Seattle Colleges Foundation/Gates Foundation, Foundation Representative
  • Naria Santa Lucia, Microsoft Philanthropies, Community Member
  • Gail Morris, Native American Education, Seattle Public Schools, Community Member
  • Belinda Tillman, Welcome Center, North Seattle College, Pro Staff Union Representative
  • Dawnelle Wilkie, Library Admin, Seattle Central College, WFSE Classified Representative
  • Alexis Burris, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Navigator, South Seattle College, EDI Representative
  • Min To, Student, North Seattle College, Student Representative
  • Qimuge Xuren, Student, Seattle Central College, Student Representative
  • Charles Askew, Student, South Seattle College, Student Representative

Ex Offico Members

  • Scott Rixon, HR Director, Seattle Central College
  • D'Andre Fisher, Associate Vice Chancellor for EDI, Inclusion Advocate
  • Kevin Bowersox-Johnson, Executive Director of eLearning, Inclusion Advocate
  • Eric Vanhooser, Executive Assistant , HR, Search Committee Executive Assistant


Position Target Start Date Expected Service Timeline
Acting Chancellor – Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap appointed July 1, 2022 Will serve until interim chancellor is appointed
Interim Chancellor – Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap appointed October 2022 Will serve until chancellor is appointed
Chancellor – planning for the search is underway July 2023 Will serve a negotiated term


Seattle Colleges is soliciting proposals to lead a search for the next chancellor. The Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the successful search proposal for this project. For more information, refer to RFP No. 800448 for Executive Search Services. All proposals must be submitted electronically by Friday, December 30, 2022.

With the search for an interim chancellor successfully completed, this committee has been disbanded. The information below is provided for reference purposes.

Role of the Advisory Committee

  • Lead an open and inclusive search for an interim chancellor that supports the Seattle Colleges goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing equal consideration and opportunities for all qualified candidates.
  • Develop the position and candidate profile, including desired qualifications and attributes for an interim chancellor to serve from October 2022 through June 2023 or when a chancellor is appointed. Present this profile to the board of trustees for review and approval in late July or early August 2022.
  • Guide and support the recruitment of a strong and diverse candidate pool. 
  • Screen applications to select candidates that best meet the position profile and are most capable of leading Seattle Colleges over the interim period.
  • Develop job- and competency-related interview questions designed to distinguish candidates who will best meet the needs of students, the colleges, and their community.
  • Interview candidates and recommend three to five candidates for consideration by the board of trustees. 
  • Support Seattle Colleges and the board in hosting public forums for the final candidates. 
  • Support the transition, orientation, and success of the interim chancellor.

Expectations of Advisory Committee Members

  • Work collaboratively with each other and the college community to bring recommendation of the finalist slate to the board by September 1, 2022.
  • Commitment to attend and participate in 3 to 5 meetings in July and August 2022.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality about candidates, applications, and nominees for the position. 
  • Make regular reports to the board and the college community on the progress of the search.

Committee Membership

  • Louise Chernin, Board Chair
  • Rosa Peralta, Board Vice Chair
  • D’Andre Fisher, EDI Representative
  • Scott Rixon, HR Representative
  • Cody Hiatt, AFT-SPS Representative
  • Victoria J. Marroquin, Student Alumni
  • Kevin Bowersox-Johnson, Inclusion Advocate