Human Resources

Candidate Bios

Executive Vice President for Instruction

Charlie Crawford PhD

Charlie CrawfordCharlie Crawford is currently Dean for Academic Services at Tacoma Community College, where he has been an instructional dean since 2003. During the time Charlie has worked as an instructional dean at Tacoma Community College, he has provided leadership for transfer and professional-technical instructional programs, the library, eLearning, academic support services, and the Information Systems department. In addition, he has 15 years experience working as a librarian at the community college and in other organizations. In 2012, he earned his PhD from the Community College Leadership Program at Oregon State University after completing his dissertation: A Qualitative Study of the Professional Growth of Mid-Career Community College Faculty.

Charlie has a passion for student success, and he has worked with faculty to create pathways for students through the college’s instructional programs. His accomplishments include: aligning credit and non-credit ESL programs; developing a Learning Centers unit that coordinated tutoring support across the campus; leading growth in a successful eLearning program that includes support for instructional design and faculty training and multimedia production; sponsoring the creation of Learning Network to provide a consolidated support portal for students and faculty that includes the eLearning Department, Library Services, the Learning Centers and now Information Services; aligning and strengthening the College’s professional-technical business and information technology programs; increasing instructional options for students by increasing the number of sections offered in hybrid and online modes across the Business Division; restructuring the College’s Welfare-to-Work program to direct more resources to students; and consolidating support for information technology across the college to better serve students, faculty, and staff.

He has worked to provide options for learning by helping to build an eLearning department that supports the design and delivery of quality courses in all modes. The College’s Learning Management System now supports over half of the college’s instructional sections. His Learning Centers team created the Math Advising and Resource Center and the Business Education Center, new tutoring centers.

Charlie holds a BA in English Literature and MLS in Librarianship from the University of Washington.

Wendy Rockhill PhD

Wendy RockhillWendy currently serves as Dean of Science and Mathematics at Seattle Central College, where she was a tenured faculty member in Biology prior to becoming the Dean. Wendy began her teaching career as a part time faculty member at various community colleges and at the University of Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and French from Washington State University, Pullman; a Masters in Science in Zoology from Washington State University, Pullman; and a Doctorate in Neurophysiology from the University of Washington, Seattle.

As Dean, she has led and collaborated with faculty, staff, and administrators across departments, throughout the district, and around the state of Washington. She has worked on several STEM student success initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She was a lead team member for Achieving the Dream; in that role she supported faculty through professional development opportunities, helping to build and grow student success initiatives and projects, and assessing best practices through data analysis. Working with a group of math faculty she found solutions, turned challenges into opportunities, and maintained momentum in the creation and launching of new math pathways in a collaboration with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She also collaboratively led elements of a pre-college mathematics success initiative titled Pathway to Completion funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has extensive experience with the collaborative development and implementation of Strategic Plans, supporting innovation, as well as assessment of student learning. Wendy strongly advocates for and works to provide opportunities, assistance, support, and encouragement to the diverse people attending community colleges through innovation, service, and lifelong learning.