Meet Bellevue College’s President

David L. Rule, Ph.D., or Dave as he’s known on campus, is Bellevue College’s fifth president.  Starting in January of 2013 following a national search conducted by the college’s Board of Trustees, Dave leads the largest community college, and the third largest institution of higher learning, in Washington state, enrolling 37,000 students annually.

Read what the Editorial desk of The Seattle Times had to say about Dave’s selection here.

Dave comes to Bellevue College from the Rock Creek campus of Portland Community College in Portland, OR, where he served as president for four years. Under his leadership, the campus, with 26,000 students, increasingly put itself on the cutting edge of academic program development, student services, sustainability initiatives and workforce development. One of his primary responsibilities as president was to oversee the implementation of $53 million in new construction and campus upgrades funded as part of a larger bond measure passed in fall 2008.

Previously, he spent nearly four years as president and CEO of Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, MI. In this role, Dave implemented a new academic master plan and strategic plan, reorganized the Enrollment Management Division to better focus on service, and oversaw the completion of a new $7.2 million Library/Information Technology Center.

Before Muskegon, he served as vice president for academic affairs and assistant vice president for curriculum and instruction at Orange Community College; director of institutional research and program development at St. Thomas Aquinas College; and professor of educational psychology and director of the graduate program in educational psychology at Marist College. All institutions are located in New York state.

Originally from the Lake Placid region of upstate New York, Dave holds a doctorate in educational psychology and statistics from the State University of New York in Albany. He also earned both a master’s degree in educational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the College of St. Rose, also in Albany. In addition, Dave is a community college graduate, earning an associate degree in performing arts from Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY. He and his wife Jean have three school-aged children.