OLYMPIA — The last of five candidates for president of South Puget Sound Community College will visit the campus and community, Tuesday, Dec. 11. Dr. Timothy S. Stokes, executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington, 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.
Prior to his tenure at Tacoma Community College, Stokes served as vice president for Student Learning at Texas State Technical College and executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Technology Learning Center at Henderson State University. During Stokes’ tenure as Tacoma Community College’s executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, the college has been nationally recognized for its adaptation and implementation of technology, closing the achievement gap in one of the most diverse communities in the Pacific Northwest, and for developing innovative instructional programs that aid in the economic development of the greater South Puget Sound. Stokes is active on numerous community and workforce development boards and has a history of ensuring alignment of institutional goals with regional economic development goals..
The Dec. 11 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. Four other candidates have or will have visited the community on the following dates:
- Tuesday, Dec. 4. – Dr. Larry Galizio, president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon
- Wednesday, Dec. 5. – Dr. Douglas W. Allen, president of Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota
- Thursday, Dec. 6. – Dr. Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, executive vice president of Instruction and Student Services at Everett Community College
- Monday, Dec. – 10. Dr. David M. Smith, vice president of Instruction and Student Affairs at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colorado
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the forums.