Human Resources

Candidate Bios

Vice President, Workforce Development and Training


Curt Freed

During his 19 years in the Washington community college setting, Curt has been a tenured faculty member, instructional dean, and vice president for instruction. Curt has significant experience in associate and baccalaureate degree program development, as well as regional and program level accreditation. He also has experience in community workforce and economic development, and in promoting college/community partnerships that further the mission of the college. Curt enjoys working in a shared-governance environment and is dedicated to helping others pursue their goals and interests in ways that create the best teaching and learning environment for students. Curt has a BS in Psychology, an MEd in Counseling and Guidance, and will finish a PhD in Higher Education Administration in Summer 2015. For his dissertation, Curt is studying the role of emotional intelligence in community college leaders.


Terry Cox

Dr. Terry Cox has been working in Washington community colleges since 2000 in a variety of workforce-related positions.  She is currently the Dean for Business, Engineering, and Info Technology at North Seattle, a position she has held for five years.  Previous to that she was at Whatcom Community College as the Workforce Education Director. She also worked at Centralia College, and is proud to have graduated with an AA degree from that institution.  

Terry’s doctoral degree is in educational leadership and policy studies, which she completed at the UW in 2012. She also holds an MBA from WSU, has completed the Leadership Training for Workforce Deans, and is currently participating in the Washington Executive Leadership Academy. Terry lives in Kingston with her furry family of a cocker spaniel and two (newly adopted) cats, and spends a lot of time on the weekends with her sister and parents, who also live on the peninsula.