Employment Opportunities

Presidential Search Updates

January 31, 2017


TO: Members of the Edmonds Community College Community

FROM: Dennis Curran, Vice President for Human Resources and Title IX Compliance

SUBJECT: Presidential Search Update

Greetings Edmonds Community,

On Jan. 25, the Board of Trustees voted in a public meeting to approve three finalists for the presidential search. Each finalist will be invited to campus on separate days for an interview and open forum. The dates are Feb, 20, 22, and 23. The agenda is being set and information about the open forums will be provided when the times and locations are solidified.

The search consultant is in the process of running reference and background checks. The names of the finalists will be released to the campus and community at large on Feb. 12, along with photos, biographies, and condensed resumes.

I want to thank our search committee for their hard work over the past few months.They put in long hours to ensure a fair and thorough process, and they represented our community in a very professional and thoughtful manner. It was a pleasure to work with such a dedicated group.

December 15, 2017


TO: Members of the Edmonds Community College Community

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


SUBJECT: Presidential Search Update

The search for the next president of Edmonds Community College (EdCC) continues to go very well. We are grateful to share that we have received a significant pool of qualified candidates and the search is progressing on schedule.

We would like to note the addition of several members to the Search Committee since our prior communication:

  • Nick Echelbarger, Community Member; Managing Partner, Echelbarger Fund Management
  • Wendy Popke, Community Member; Co-Owner, Lynnwood Honda
  • Marilla Sargent, Community Member; Vice President and Retail Bank Manager, HomeStreet Bank

At the Search Committee’s December 11 meeting, the committee reviewed and discussed the applicants in order to narrow the pool. Our objective was to select those applicants whose background and experience best align with the qualifications and leadership attributes articulated in EdCC’s Presidential Profile. After a comprehensive review, the Search Committee narrowed the pool to ten candidates who will be invited to attend confidential preliminary interviews in mid-January. At this time, Search Committee members have begun checking references on the candidates selected for preliminary interviews. 

Following completion of preliminary interviews, the Search Committee will again narrow the pool and select the top candidates as finalists. These individuals will be asked to participate in more extensive interviews on campus. Although the details are still being finalized, it is anticipated that these interviews will occur over several days in mid-February. You will all be invited to meet the candidates. The on-campus interviews will include several different sessions (i.e.-faculty, students, general public, etc.) in order to include a broad range of individuals from EdCC and the Edmonds and Lynnwood communities.

 We are extremely pleased with the quality of the candidate pool. The candidates have significant community college experience and have expressed genuine excitement about EdCC.  The Search Committee will continue to stay in touch with you throughout the next phases of the search process. Another update will be provided after the preliminary interviews in January.

We thank you for your continued interest in and support of EdCC’s Presidential Search.

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.