Finalists for EdCC presidency holding campus meetings

A search committee reviewed 19 applicants and recommended three finalists to the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Ata Karim

Dr. Ata Karim

LYNNWOOD — Three men vying to become the next Edmonds Community College president are expected on campus this week for meetings with trustees, staff, students and community members.

Dr. Ata Karim, vice president of student affairs at Bellevue College, Dr. Amit Singh, senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State Community College in Ohio, and Dr. Chris Reber, president of Community College of Beaver County in Pennsylvania, are the finalists to replace Jean Hernandez, who retired in December.

A campus search committee reviewed 19 applicants and narrowed the pool to 10 candidates.

The committee recommended three finalists to the Board of Trustees last month.

The new president is expected to begin work by July 1.

Karim has been at Bellevue College since 2008 and served as its vice president of student affairs the past four years, according to information provided by EdCC. He’s also been the college’s interim vice president of student services and its director of multicultural services.

He earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from University of Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Amit Singh

Dr. Amit Singh

Singh has served as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, since 2014. Before that he was the dean of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Cuyahoga Community College’s western campus in Parma, Ohio.

He earned a doctorate in economics from Ranchi University in India. He holds a master’s in finance from Georgia State University, a master’s of business administration from Salisbury University in Maryland, and a master’s and a bachelor’s in economics from Patna University in India.

Reber has been president of Community College of Beaver County near Pittsburgh since 2014. Before that he served 12 years as executive dean of Clarion University-Venango in Pennsylvania after five years as associate provost for advancement and university relations at The Pennsylvania State University-Behrend in Erie.

Dr. Chris Reber

Dr. Chris Reber

He earned a postdoctoral management development certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

He holds a master’s in college student personnel administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a bachelor’s in Latin from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

Each finalist will participate in a one-hour public forum this week in the college’s Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood.

The events are 5 p.m. Tuesday for Karim, 5 p.m. Thursday for Singh and 2:15 pm. Friday for Reber.

To view the candidate’s full bios and resumes, visit

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald Twitter: @dospueblos.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Marysville firefighters respond to a 12-year-old boy who fell down a well Tuesday May 30, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Photo provided by Marysville Fire District)
Marysville firefighters save boy who fell 20 feet into well

The 12-year-old child held himself up by grabbing on to a plastic pipe while firefighters worked to save him.

Highway 9 is set to be closed in both directions for a week as construction crews build a roundabout at the intersection with Vernon Road. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Weeklong closure coming to Highway 9 section in Lake Stevens

Travelers should expect delays or find another way from Friday to Thursday between Highway 204 and Lundeen Parkway.

Students arriving off the bus get in line to score some waffles during a free pancake and waffle breakfast at Lowell Elementary School on Friday, May 26, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
800 free pancakes at Everett’s Lowell Elementary feed the masses

The annual breakfast was started to connect the community and the school, as well as to get people to interact.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring speaks at the groundbreaking event for the I-5/SR 529 Interchange project on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
$123M project starting on Highway 529 interchange, I-5 HOV lane

A reader wondered why the highway had a lane closure despite not seeing work done. Crews were waiting on the weather.

Justin Bell was convicted earlier this month of first-degree assault for a December 2017 shooting outside a Value Village in Everett. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)
Court: Snohomish County jurors’ opaque masks didn’t taint verdict

During the pandemic, Justin Bell, 32, went on trial for a shooting. Bell claims his right to an impartial jury was violated.

Gary Fontes uprights a tree that fell over in front of The Fontes Manor — a miniature handmade bed and breakfast — on Friday, May 12, 2023, at his home near Silver Lake in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett’s mini-Frank Lloyd Wright builds neighborhood of extra tiny homes

A tiny lighthouse, a spooky mansion and more: Gary Fontes’ miniature world of architectural wonders is one-twelfth the size of real life.

Will Steffener
Inslee appoints Steffener as Superior Court judge

Attorney Will Steffener will replace Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis, who is retiring in June.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Snohomish in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Report of downed hot air balloon turns up farmer’s tarp near Snohomish

Two 911 callers believed they saw a hot air balloon crash, leading to a major search-and-rescue response. It was a false alarm.

A few weeks before what could be her final professional UFC fight, Miranda Granger grimaces as she pushes a 45-pound plate up her driveway on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Her daughter Austin, age 11 months, is strapped to her back. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Daily Herald staff wins 5 honors at annual journalism competition

The Herald got one first-place win and four runner-up spots in SPJ’s Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.

Most Read