Employment Opportunities

Presidential Search Updates

October 16, 2017



TO: Community Members, Edmonds Community College


FROM: Quentin Powers and Emily Yim, Presidential Search Committee Co-Chairs


SUBJECT: Presidential Search Update


The presidential search is now underway, and we are writing to provide a report on the committee’s progress and plans.

The search committee met on Wednesday, October 4, to discuss and revise the search profile draft prepared by our consultant, AGB Search, Inc. of Washington, D.C. The search committee also participated in cognitive bias training conducted by Dr. Yvonne Terrell-Powell, Associate Vice President of the Equity and Inclusion Division here at Edmonds Community College. Our search consultants, Melissa Trotta and Laird Desmond, met with various constituents in our community on Wednesday and Thursday, October 4 and 5, to hear first-hand perspectives about the ideal qualities of our next president, the opportunities and challenges for the individual who assumes the presidency, and what makes EdCC a distinctive and special learning environment.

As a committee, we developed a list of leadership characteristics that we believe will be important for the president to possess. The search profile finalized by the committee is available online and can be accessed at: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/president-edmonds-community-college.

As you consider the leadership characteristics found within the profile, we encourage you to suggest people you know who could serve effectively as Edmonds Community College’s next president or who might know potential candidates. Please forward their names to Dr. Trotta or Ms. Desmond via the following email address: EdmondsCCpres@agbsearch.com. You may also direct nominations or inquiries to our consultants at melissa.trotta@agbsearch.com or laird.desmond@agbsearch.com. The search committee is well aware that the success of our search depends on the involvement of all members of the EdCC community. By nominating strong candidates, you can be immediately and critically involved in the search process.

Over the next two months, we will generate the candidate pool through nominations received from you; from national education and foundation officials; from other colleges and universities; from friends of the college; through advertising in a variety of national on-line publications; and through the work of our consultants. In December we will begin to narrow the candidate pool, moving toward a time in February when we will hold finalist interviews involving the entire campus.

The search is off to a very good start. We will provide another update as we enter subsequent stages of the process.