Tacoma Community College announces presidential finalists

The three finalists for the Tacoma Community College president position all come from schools outside Washington.

The college’s board of trustees began its search for a new president over the summer after President Pamela Transue announced she would retire at the end of the year after 17 years in the job.

The finalists will be on campus early next month to make presentations.

The forums are open to faculty, administrators, staff, students and the public. Each candidate will be introduced before a question-and-answer session. Attendees will be given forms to offer feedback on the finalists. The forms will be given to the board of trustees for review.

For complete biographies on the finalists, visit: tacomacc.edu/



The finalists are:


Executive experience: President of Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona since 2007. She previously worked as the chief executive officer of Colorado Mountain College’s Summit Campus in western Colorado.

Campus visit: Dec. 2, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the college administration building 12-120.


Executive experience: President of Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin since 2011. She previously worked as vice president of instruction at Rockingham Community College, in North Carolina.

Campus visit: Dec. 3, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the college administration building 12-120.


Executive experience: Immediate past president of Cowley College located in a rural community just south of Wichita, Kansas. He held the position for 10 months in 2013. Previously worked as vice president of operations for Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon.

Campus visit: Dec. 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the college administration building 12-120.