OLYMPIA — The Board of Trustees of South Puget Sound Community College voted to extend a job offer to Dr. Timothy Stokes to serve as the next president of the institution. The decision to extend the offer was reached after a unanimous vote during the Board’s Dec. 14 meeting.
“Dr. Stokes has a tremendous history of academic, administrative and community involvement,” said Board of Trustees Chair Judy Blinn. “The Trustees are confident he would continue South Puget Sound Community College’s strong tradition of connection with the community.”
Blinn praised the broad-based approach used to identify candidates. “Our process was inclusive, thorough and highly successful. We are proud and extremely appreciative of all the campus and community involvement,” she said.
Stokes currently serves as executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Tacoma Community College. Prior to his tenure at Tacoma, 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. He holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas, a M.A. in Political Science/Public Administration from the University of Arkansas, and a B.A. in English from Lyon College. 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.
Stokes would succeed current South Puget Sound Community College President Gerald Pumphrey, who will retire after more than 6 years at the college.