Presidential Recruitment – SAVE THE DATES for Finalist Interviews!

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to confirm the Presidential Screening Committee has completed 1st round interviews with the candidates being considered for the position of Shoreline’s next President. A total of 4 candidates have been identified as finalists based on the candidate strengths and weaknesses evidenced in the application materials and 1st round interview responses in relation to the position profile of qualifications needed.

During the dates of February 15 – 18, 2022, candidates selected as finalists will complete the following daily (Tues – Friday) interview activities:

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

·        9:30am – 10:15am                        Community Open Forum

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

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

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

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

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

Please mark your calendars to attend the Open Forums applicable to your constituency for each of the finalist Presidential candidates. Attendees at the Open Forums will have an opportunity meet the finalist candidates, ask any questions they may have, and also provide feedback electronically for Board of Trustee consideration. 

Because of the confidentiality required for our finalist candidates during this time, the specific names and dates of each finalist’s interview activities will be released on the afternoon of Friday, February 11thPlease also stay tuned for specific details regarding the zoom links, finalist names, and interview dates.

Lastly, please let me take this opportunity to thank the Presidential Screening Committee and our external recruiting partners at Academic Search for their ongoing work to support the hire of Shoreline’s next President. Your work is much appreciated!

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

Presidential Recruitment

The Presidential Screening Committee has selected 10 candidates to meet with for the 1st round interviews in the selection process. The 1st round candidates selected came from a robust pool of 34 applicants representing individuals from the Washington community and technical college system as well as other local and national educational institutions.  The Committee will conduct the 1st round interviews on February 1-2, 2022, via zoom interview sessions. These sessions will be closed to the public to ensure the confidentiality of the applicants are maintained until the finalist interview sessions occurring February 15-18, 2022. More info on the finalist interview activities with campus will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

As a reminder, the Presidential Screening Committee is chaired by classified staff member Tirzah Williamson. The Committee is composed of representation across the student, classified staff, faculty, and administrative constituency groups at Shoreline including participation from community members and two Trustees from the College Board. 

Following the 1st round interviews, the Screening Committee will identify the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate interviewed in relation to the posted position profile. The strengths and weaknesses identified, based on the 1st round applicants submitted materials and interview responses, will determine those invited as finalists to the position.

Communication and updates regarding the Presidential Search process can be found online HERE. Alternately, questions regarding the Presidential Search Process can be directed to administrative liaison Veronica Zura by email at at any time.


At the October 27, 2021, special meeting, the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees identified the College’s next leader to serve in the Interim President appointment. Effective November 15, 2021, through June 30, 2022,  Steve Hanson will serve as Interim President of Shoreline Community College, while the College completes a national search for the next permanent President.

Interim President Hanson shared that “It is an honor and privilege to serve as Shoreline Community College’s interim president. I look forward to working in partnership with Shoreline’s remarkable faculty and staff as we continue our shared commitment to inclusive excellence in teaching and learning, student success, and community engagement.”

Interim President Hanson joins the College after a robust selection process which included a campus open forum, and interviews with constituency leads and two Board of Trustee members. With over thirty years of administrative and teaching experience including positions as President, Executive Vice President for Instruction, Dean, Division Chair, and Department Head, the College looks forward to welcoming Interim President Hanson to an executive leadership role.

Presidential Search Process Underway

The recruitment for the next President of Shoreline Community College has begun. The position profile, which includes a description of the opportunity, the qualifications for the position, and the application process, can be viewed online.

The search committee welcomes and encourages nominations and suggestions from the College community which can be sent in complete confidence to The position is open until filled, but only applications received by January 2, 2022, will be assured full consideration.

To encourage a deep and diverse pool of highly qualified individuals, the identities of candidates will remain confidential throughout the process until the finalist interviews.

2021-22 Presidential Search Process

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees announces a national search is underway for the next president of Shoreline Community College. The Board will start the formal search process in November. Selection is planned to occur by March 2022, and the new President is expected to take office in July 2022.

The Presidential screening committee is composed of representation from across the student, classified staff, faculty, and administrative constituency groups at Shoreline including participation from community members and two Trustees from the College Board. The screening committee, chaired by classified staff member Tirzah Williamson, will support the collaborative search process to find the next visionary leader for our College.

The Board is seeking a new President who will build on Shoreline Community College’s track record of sustained success that has made it the learning destination for students seeking a high quality and affordable education, and a valuable partner in building economic prosperity for the greater Shoreline community. The ideal candidate is someone who demonstrates a collaborative and forward-thinking mindset, exceptional vision, inclusive style, and extraordinarily positive energy.

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