EDMONDS — Community College President Amit Singh received a small bump in pay Friday from the Board of Trustees.
Singh, who is coming off his first year at the helm at Edmonds Community College, will get a 3 percent cost-of-living-adjustment. This is the same-sized COLA approved by the state for classified employees of Washington’s community and technical college system.
With the increase, Singh’s annual salary will rise to $258,258.
Singh, who has spent more than two decades in higher education, was hired in the spring of 2018 following a nationwide search. He succeeded Jean Hernandez and is EdCC’s fifth college president.
He previously served as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio.
It was a pretty busy inaugural year.
The community college broke ground on its long-sought 70,000-square foot Science, Engineering, and Technology building which will house allied health, nursing, physics, chemistry, engineering, and math classrooms, as well as labs and offices. It is expected to open next spring.
Officials completed a lease with Triton Court, a multi-story, mixed-use building rising near the college’s main entrance at the intersection of 68th Ave. W and 200th St. SW. The lease will secure some student housing in the structure when it opens next year.
Singh began hosting quarterly town hall meetings with staff and faculty in Black Box Theatre. His administration undertook expansions in numerous academic programs and began identifying ways to improve the recruitment, retention and performance of Native American, African American and Latino students.
Other achievements include inking contracts with agencies to increase recruitment of international students and adding cross country teams for men and women.
Founded in 1967, EdCC, a public, two-year community college, serves about 18,000 students each year, including more than 1,400 international students from 62 countries. It offers one bachelor’s of applied science degree, 63 associate degrees and 64 professional certificates in 25 programs, according to information from the college.
Correction: An earlier version had the incorrect salary for the Edmonds Community College president.