SHORELINE – Shoreline Community College President Dr. Holly Moore has resigned, effective Sept. 1.
Moore’s decision was announced at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 18.
“Dr. Moore has made many significant contributions to Shoreline Community College and we support her desire to explore other opportunities,” said Elsa Welch, chair of the Board of Trustees, in a written statement.
In a statement, Moore said she strove to provide a cost-effective, high-quality education to all students at SCC. She said “most of my goals for Shoreline have been achieved and I am now looking toward future challenges and opportunities.”
The board appointed Lee Lambert, the college’s vice president for human resources, as acting president beginning Sept. 1, until an interim appointment will be made.
Moore’s resignation came one week after the college’s Climate Task Force completed its report, which surveyed students, faculty and staff about the negative campus climate existing at Shoreline.
The Climate Task Force’s creation came in the wake of a vote of no confidence in Moore by the Faculty Senate in February.
The Faculty Senate includes both full- and part-time faculty and about 41 percent of the members returned ballots during the vote. Of the full-time faculty members, almost 70 percent voted. A total of 156 ballots were cast, with 121, or 77.5 percent, showing no confidence in Moore. Ballots cast indicating confidence in Moore totaled 26, and nine voters abstained.
Moore began her career at Shoreline Community College as an instructor of parent education in 1979. She taught a number of courses, including topics spanning special education and early childhood curriculum development.
Moore also served on a number of committees, including a period as chair of the Faculty Senate.
Her first administrative position came in 1995, as an assistant vice president of academic affairs. She then served as vice president of workforce and economic development beginning in 1998.
This background helped her create connections with organizations such as the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, the Washington State Workforce Advisory Committee and the Workforce Alliance National Board.
Appointed interim president in 2000, Moore was selected as president by the Board of Trustees after a nationwide search was completed in 2001.
Last fall, Moore helped secure an almost $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for expanding SCC’s automotive training curriculum nationwide.
Lambert’s duties as acting president will include managing day-to-day activities and preparing the college for the interim president.
In its statement, the Board of Trustees said it will seek input regarding the appointment of an interim president and hopes to make an announcement soon. It also will form a presidential search committee comprised of members of the campus community.