Presidential Finalists Announced

Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to enter the public phase of our search for Shoreline’s next president!

Attached to this message are the biographies, photos, and CVs of the four finalists. This information will also be available on the Presidential Search page soon.

  • Dr. Jack Kahn, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction at Palomar College in San Marcos.
  • Dr. Kenneth Lawson, Vice President for Instruction, Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, WA.
  • Dr. David Potash, President, Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, IL.
  • Dr. Christopher Villa, Past President, Portland Community College Rock Creek, Portland, OR.

Each candidate will participate in a day of Zoom forums and interviews starting on Tuesday (February 15) with Dr. Villa, followed by Dr. Potash on Wednesday (February 16); Dr. Lawson on Thursday (February 17); and Dr. Kahn on Friday (February 18).

Please remember to SAVE the DATE for your constituency’s open forum with the Presidential finalist candidates. Please urge your colleagues to attend and to submit feedback, which will be anonymously gathered by our search consultant partners for the Board of Trustees. A survey link will be provided at the end of each day and will remain open for 24 hours for feedback about that day’s finalist.

Your insight is truly valuable and integral to the process! Please participate! 

Each finalist will engage with our college community in the following activities: 

·       8:30am – 9:15am                      Admin Open Forum                      

Zoom Link:

Call-In: (253) 215-8782

                                                                   Meeting ID: 895 7916 7916

·       9:30am – 10:15am                    City of Shoreline Community Open Forum

Zoom Link:
Call-In: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 859 9970 9086

·       10:30am – 11:15am                 Classified Staff Open Forum

Zoom Link:
Call-In: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 829 4861 7768

·       11:30am – 12:30pm                 Interview with Executive Team

·       1:00pm – 1:45pm                      Student Open Forum

Zoom Link:

Call-In: (253) 215-8782

Meeting ID: 814 2652 3644

·       2:00pm – 2:45pm                      Faculty Open Forum

Zoom Link:

Call-In: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 860 2111 8915

·       3:30pm – 5:00pm                     Interview with Board of Trustees

Attendees at the open forums will have an opportunity meet the finalist candidates, ask any questions they may have, and provide feedback electronically for consideration by the Board of Trustees. 

Additional communication and updates regarding the Presidential Search process can be found online on the Presidential Search page. Alternately, questions regarding the Presidential Search Process can be directed to Tirzah Williamson (Presidential Screening Committee Chair) by email at at any time. 

Thank you, 

Tirzah Williamson, Presidential Screening Committee Chair
Veronica Zura, Executive Director of Human Resources

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