LYNNWOOD — The next Edmonds Community College president is well traveled as both a student and education leader.
The college’s board of trustees offered the job to Amit Singh late last week. He is scheduled to begin work June 25.
The selection of Singh completes a national search that began last summer and involved students, employees, and the community. Trustees considered nearly 300 survey responses and comments. He will become EdCC’s fifth president and was offered a salary of $241,000, college officials said.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to lead a great college like Edmonds Community College and I am very much looking forward to joining the Edmonds CC family in June and continuing the work of students’ access, success, and completion,” Singh said in a press release. “I am extremely thankful to the Board of Trustees for selecting me to lead this fine institution and I am also thankful to the students, faculty, staff, and the community members for their support.”
Edmonds Community College serves more than 20,000 students annually, including roughly 1,500 international students from 62 countries. The college offers 63 associate degrees and 64 professional certificates in 25 programs of study.
Singh, who has spent more than 20 years in higher education, now serves as the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. He’s been there since 2014.
Singh joined Clark State from Cuyahoga Community College’s western campus — the largest institution of the four-campus district — in Parma, Ohio, where he was dean of academic affairs and chief academic officer.
Earlier in his career, he served as the dean of the business and computer science division at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. He also was the assistant dean of the business and social science division at Darton College in Albany, Georgia.
Singh holds four graduate degrees: a doctorate in economics from Ranchi University in India; 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 bachelor’s in economics from Patna University in India.
He will succeed EdCC President Jean Hernandez who retired Dec. 31. She’d led the college since 2011.
“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Singh to our Triton community in June,” said Christina Castorena, interim EdCC president.