OLYMPIA — The second of five candidates for president of South Puget Sound Community College will visit the campus and community, Wednesday, Dec. 5. Dr. Douglas W. Allen, president of Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota, will tour the campus and community, meet faculty and staff, visit with the Board of Trustees, and take part in an open forum for the community and campus.
Before serving as president at Ridgewater, Douglas was the vice president of Educational Services at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota. Douglas was responsible for all aspects of academic affairs, student services, and continuing education and customized training at both of Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s campuses. For three years prior to becoming vice president, Douglas served as the dean of Academic Affairs at the Cambridge Campus. For six and a half years prior to that, Douglas was the associate dean of Academic Affairs at the Watertown campus of Mount Marty College in South Dakota, and for a little over six years prior to that he taught English at North Dakota State University.
The Dec. 5 forum will be held on the South Puget Sound campus in the Building 26 Lecture Hall, Room 105 from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. The dates the other four finalists will visit the community are as follows:
- Tuesday, Dec. 4. – Dr. Larry Galizio, president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon
- Thursday, Dec. 6 – Dr. Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, executive vice president of Instruction and Student Services at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington
- Monday, Dec. 10 – Dr. David M. Smith, vice president of Instruction and Student Affairs at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colorado
- Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Dr. Timothy S. Stokes, executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the forums.