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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 9:59am

Cascadia trustees name president

Cascadia Community College Board of Trustees, at a special meeting on May 11, announced that it has hired Dr. William Christopher to fill the position of president of the college. Under the terms of the agreement with the board, Christopher will earn $160,000 and will assume leadership of the college on July 1.

Christopher is currently president of the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College in Portland, Ore., where he has been since 1998. Prior to that time, he was the dean for instruction at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. He also served on the science faculty at colleges in Bremerton and Las Vegas.

Students make college deans’ lists

Several local students from Mill Creek were named to the Seattle Pacific University 2005 winter quarter Dean’s List. The students are John B. Foreman, Danielle Rachel Freeman, Nicole Ashley Petersen and Jonathan Tindall. Students must have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.5 grade-point average or higher to make SPU’s Dean’s List.

Eastern Washington University recently announced its winter quarter dean’s list students, including Mill Creek resident William Shaw.

UWB interim chancellor chosen

Steven G. Olswang, University of Washington vice provost has been appointed interim chancellor of the University of Washington, Bothell, effective July 1, UW President Mark Emmert announced.

Warren Buck, who served as UW Bothell chancellor for six years, announced in March that he will step down and return to teaching.

Olswang became an assistant to the provost in 1976 then an assistant provost in 1979, before becoming a vice provost. Most recently he has served as interim chancellor at UW Tacoma from 2004 to April 1.

With new UW Tacoma Chancellor Patricia Spakes on board, he became available to fill a similar role at UW Bothell while a search for the new Bothell chancellor is undertaken.

Olswang will officially leave his vice provost position June 30, and upon completion of his assignment in Bothell, will return to the faculty in the College of Education. He will not be a candidate in the search for the new chancellor.

Resident receives teaching award

The Northshore School District recently announced that Mill Creek resident Kathleen Dearborn is one of two educators given Teacher-of-the-Year honors for 2005. Dearborn is the district’s health occupations instructor.

Dearborn has taught in the health occupations program for Northshore for the past 16 years. She is known for teaching her students about the importance of community service and has organized many educational activities that benefit charities, including Special Olympics, Northshore Family Services and the Union Gospel Mission.

Her students often continue their studies to become nurses, including 2002 graduate Kellie Carpenter.

“So many skills and values that she instilled in me during our time together fuel my passion to excel in the field of nursing,” said Carpenter. “Following her example, I chose to pursue a career in nursing in order to pattern my life after hers.”

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