Dr. Jack Kahn announced as the next president of Shoreline Community College

The college’s board of trustees came to a unanimous decision to offer Kahn the position after a three-month presidential search and interview process

(Shoreline, Wash.) – Shoreline Community College (SCC) has announced the appointment of Dr. Jack Kahn to serve as the new college president. He will take office on July 2. 

Kahn was one of four finalists in the presidential search conducted by the SCC Presidential Screening Committee and Academic Search, Inc., a national search firm specializing in higher education. The board of trustees voted and announced Kahn as the president at the public March 2 board meeting. 

As SCC president, Kahn’s responsibilities will include creating inclusive and comprehensive educational opportunities for students by guiding and maintaining the extensive community partnerships and cultivating a college environment that leverages the talents and dedication of the SCC faculty and staff. He will also be charged with leading the community through development of its next strategic plan, modeling a commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion and infusing those values throughout the SCC academic programs, student life and college operations. 

Kahn said he was interested in the SCC president role for several reasons, including the college’s focus on student success and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“I was drawn to the student-centered organization of the academic pathways and, of course, all of the great academic programs at SCC. I really enjoyed seeing the innovative new programs such as the mental health and policing merge.” said Kahn. “I was also drawn to Shoreline’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work through the multicultural center, gender equity center, diversity of students and various campus initiatives.” 

Kahn has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and has served as a leader for more than a decade. Most recently, he has been the assistant superintendent/vice president at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. He also previously served as the Palomar Community College District’s interim superintendent/president and was the dean of the division of social and behavioral sciences at Palomar College. Prior to his work in academic leadership, Kahn was an active faculty member and published researcher and author of works addressing issues of psychological testing, masculinity and social justice. 

In his role as interim superintendent/president, Kahn oversaw more than 1,600 employees, a student population of 25,000 and an annual budget of $568 million with a continued emphasis on equity and social change. He led the college through a fiscal crisis, steered the Emergency Operations center team through the COVID pandemic, worked with colleagues to save taxpayers $21 million by refinancing Prop M bonds and assisted in transitioning a new shared governance structure. Kahn was also active in collaborating with colleagues to develop a robust antiracist plan for the institution. 

The first person in his family to pursue a four-year college degree, Kahn earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from Arizona State University. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in marriage and family counseling from San José State University before attending the State University of New York at Buffalo to earn a doctorate in counseling psychology.

In his spare time, Kahn enjoys seeing live music and theater, traveling, exploring new neighborhoods, trying new restaurants, hiking, reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with his wife Jackie, two dogs and cat. Kahn and his wife look forward to relocating to Washington so he can begin his new role at SCC this summer. 

“My career goal has been to bring diverse people together to create systems that are integrated with the broader community to serve students, particularly with a lens toward equity,” said Kahn. “I have tried to do so using my own privileges to serve and advocate for others. In all of the roles I have been in, I have been fortunate to have been able to establish several mechanisms with long-lasting effects in this regard. I am really excited about all the work we will do together at Shoreline.”


Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I share the Board of Trustee’s unanimous decision to offer the position of Shoreline’s next President to finalist Dr. Jack Kahn.

A huge thanks to all of you who shared feedback to the Board of Trustees on the finalist candidates, and a special thank you to the screening committee members for their tireless work in support of identifying the College’s next President. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks regarding Dr. Kahn’s arrival at Shoreline this July 2022.

Thank you.

Veronica Zura

Exec Dir – HR

Presidential Recruitment – Update

Dear Colleagues,

The College has successfully completed 2nd round interviews with the finalists identified for consideration as Shoreline’s next President. Thanks to all of you who attended the constituency group open forums, with a special thanks to those who also submitted feedback.

In addition to the constituency group open forum activities last week, the Presidential finalists also completed separate interviews with the executive team and Board of Trustees respectively. The Board has received all open forum feedback submitted along with screening committee and executive team observed strengths/weaknesses summaries. The Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet again next Wednesday, March 2 at 3:30pm to convene in Executive Session for the evaluation of a potential public employee (the next President). As a reminder, the Board of Trustees will announce and vote on the finalist identified for the job offer of Shoreline’s next president in a public meeting, potentially as soon as the upcoming March 2nd meeting.

Questions regarding the information above can be directed to vzura@shoreline.edu at any time.

Notice of Board of Trustees Virtual Special Meetings: 2022 Feb 14-18

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees will hold five (5) special meetings related to the Presidential Search the week of February 14-18, 2022.

1.      Monday, February 14, 2022: Commencing at 2:00 PM

2.      Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Commencing at 3:30 PM

3.      Wednesday, February 16, 2022: Commencing at 3:30 PM

4.      Thursday, February 17, 2022: Commencing at 3:30 PM

5.      Friday, February 18, 2022: Commencing at 3:30 PM

Each of the special meetings listed above will:

·        Take place in a virtual space to comply with government restrictions on public gathering due to COVID-19 health risks.

·        Be recorded and the video, available, when Board materials are posted for the March 16, 2022 regular meeting.

·        Include the opportunity for public comment.

This notice and the agendas for the special meetings of 2022 February 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, are posted to: https://www.shoreline.edu/about-shoreline/board/meeting-packets-2018.aspx

Thank you.  -Lori

Lori Y. Yonemitsu, M.Ed., B.Ed.
Executive Assistant
Office of the President

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: https://bit.ly/AdminOpenForum

Call-In: (253) 215-8782

                                                                   Meeting ID: 895 7916 7916

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

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/CommunityOpenForum
Call-In: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 859 9970 9086

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

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/ClassifiedStaffOpenForum
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: https://bit.ly/StudentOpenForum

Call-In: (253) 215-8782

Meeting ID: 814 2652 3644

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

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/FacultyOpenForum

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 twilliamson@shoreline.edu at any time. 

Thank you, 

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

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