Darrell Cain, interim president of Everett Community College. (Everett Community College) 20220302

New interim president starts at Everett Community College

Darrell Cain is set to earn over $248,000 in salary for his contract through Aug. 31, 2023.

EVERETT — Darrell Cain officially started Monday as interim president of Everett Community College.

Earlier in February the EvCC Board of Trustees approved his contract that started Monday and ends Aug. 31, 2023. But the agreement needed adjustments for clarity and wording, board President Toraya Miller said. They were approved unanimously.

“There were no substantive changes,” Miller said.

Cain was president of Pierce College Puyallup for over three years. As EvCC’s interim president, he is set to earn a salary of $248,230.80 plus health, paid leave and retirement benefits.

It’s on par with his predecessor, Daria Willis, whose three-year contract included a salary of $241,000. Willis left in December to helm Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.

Pierce College, which operates as a district at two colleges on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and at two high schools, had over 6,900 full-time equivalent students enrolled last school year.

In that same span, EvCC tallied 17,065 students across its education offerings, both credit and non-credit.

Cain takes over a college facing some strife. In board meetings, union representatives for faculty and staff have warned of exhaustion, low morale and inconsistency from the administration.

The college’s leaders faced criticism for a proposal to close the Early Learning Center, a preschool for children from families with low incomes alongside EvCC faculty, staff and students.

The board is looking to hire a full president.

Ben Watanabe: bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3037; Twitter @benwatanabe.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist identified in fatal crash near Lake Stevens

Anthony Palko, 33, died Monday night after colliding with a passenger car. The juveniles in the car were taken to the hospital.

Police: Marysville man shot sword-wielding roommate in self-defense

The roommates were arguing over eBay sales, according to police. Then one of them allegedly brandished a two-foot sword.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Everett boy, 12, identified as Davies Beach drowning victim

Malachi Bell was one of three swimmers in distress Sunday in Lake Stevens. He did not survive.

Port of Everett hosting annual open house after pandemic hiatus

Also, Rustic Cork Wine Bar plans to open a second shop at Fisherman’s Harbor — the latest addition to the port’s “wine walk.”

Arlington Public Works employees use The Big Sidewalk Sucker to lift a concrete panel from the sidewalk. The device saves the city some money and time to level ground below the concrete. (Arlington Public Works)
This thing sucks and helps repair sidewalks in Arlington

Public works crews can remove heavy concrete panels from sidewalks, so the ground underneath can be restored.

New LGI Homes on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Red-hot housing market cools, a bit, in Snohomish County

The amount of housing inventory is rising. Demand is slowing. Higher mortgage rates are a cause.

John McKeon stands in front of a mobile headquarters vehicle while discussing the funding needs of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the search and rescue headquarters in Snohomish, Washington. McKeon said a priority for the group is to find money for new covered parking for a number of vehicles that do not have a garage to be parked in. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue wants rescuing

They’re asking for nearly $1 million in federal recovery dollars, but funding has been hard to come by.

Mike Kersey with Aiya Moore, daughter of Christina Anderson, right, talk about the condition of Nick’s Place in Everett, Washington on June 17, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
‘We’re all good people when we get clean and sober’

Who has fentanyl taken from us? A messenger who saved lives. A “street mom.” A grandpa who loved his grandkids “999 trillion times.”

Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, Washington on February 8, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bailiff’s comments leads to appeal of child rape conviction

Joseph Hall, of Snohomish, was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. Now he faces another trial.

Most Read