Bellevue College Appoints Dr. Jill Wakefield New Interim President

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The Bellevue College Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Dr. Jill Wakefield as the new interim president, who will serve the college until a permanent president is in place. The BC Board of Trustees also moved to begin the process of soliciting proposals from firms to lead the nationwide search for a new president.

Dr. Wakefield was the longest-serving chancellor in the history of the Seattle Colleges, and retired last June. She served the district for 40 years, starting out as a program assistant in the veterans office at South Seattle Community College, before moving on to serve as a public information officer, director of development, vice president for institutional advancement, and vice president for instruction, as well as president from 2003 to 2008.

“It’s a privilege to have an interim president with such a deep commitment to the mission and values of community colleges, who also brings tremendous experience as an executive-level administrator,” said Dr. Lisa Chin. “We had a number of quality candidates which speaks to the reputation of Bellevue College as an innovative force in higher education, and are thrilled to have Dr. Wakefield on board in this leadership role.”

“I’m honored to have been chosen as interim president at Bellevue College, a visionary institution that truly cares about student success,” said Wakefield.  “I look forward to working with its outstanding faculty and staff to serve students, business, and the community.”

A starting date is expected to be determined in September. Dr. Wakefield will replace Dr. Gita Bangera, interim vice president of instruction and Aaron Hilliard, vice president of Human Resources, who were appointed acting co-presidents following the resignation of Dr. David L. Rule earlier this month.

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Last Updated August 26, 2016