Vice President Search


staff photo Centralia College is looking for the next Vice President of Instruction.

As the oldest community college in the state of Washington (founded in 1925), Centralia College has a long tradition of academic excellence and community engagement. The successful candidate will be poised to continue this tradition, and to innovate in ways that will significantly increase student success. It is anticipated that the Vice President of Instruction will begin duties in early spring 2019.
The Vice President of Instruction is the Chief Academic Officer of the college and is responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, management, and planning for the instructional functions of the college. The VP of Instruction reports to the college president and is a member of the Executive Management Team.

About Centralia College

Centralia College has a rich heritage of transfer, workforce, and basic skills programs. The College serves Lewis and south Thurston counties and a population over 75,000.

Centralia College is growing in size and reputation, adding new buildings, remodeling others, and introducing new programs. CC graduates go on to successful careers at regional, national, and international levels.

Centralia College offers exceptional student services, a diverse and international student body, and an entertaining and informative run of student events.

Centralia College instructors have real-world experience in their field. They are passionate about teaching. They maintain solid connections with industry employers and students.

Centralia College is part of a robust two-year community and technical college system in Washington, comprised of 34 public community and technical colleges. The college is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees, who are appointed by the Governor.

About Lewis County

Situated centrally between Seattle and Portland, the mountains and the ocean, Lewis County is the sixth largest county in the state. Centralia is the largest city in the county. Its “twin city” Chehalis is the county seat.

The area is known for its natural beauty. Several rivers wind through the county, bringing fishing enthusiasts from all over the country. Its proximity to both Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens make it a sought-after destination for tourists, hikers, campers, and photographers. Lewis County boasts a strong agricultural community and a commitment to agritourism, biking trails, and scenic highways.

Established in 1845, Lewis County’s rich history is featured in a number of historic and heritage sites, and historical museums. Centralia’s historic downtown draws antique- and treasure-hunters from around the state.

For modern day residents, Lewis County offers all the comforts of home: a robust library system; innovative schools; a hospital and numerous medical and senior services; a thriving arts community with opportunities for fine arts, music, and theatre; boutique and outlet shopping; and much more.

Essential Duties Summary

Areas of responsibility include academic transfer, professional technical and baccalaureate, and pre-college programs; continuing and community education offerings; a variety of student support functions, including the library, eLearning, tutoring, Worker Retraining and WorkFirst; preparation and oversight of instructional budgets in excess of $11 million; general oversight of academic scheduling; faculty selection, evaluation, and tenure processes; development and implementation of academic planning tools. The VP of Instruction works closely with other divisions of the college in order to carry out the mission of the college and to assure that students can successfully define and carry out their educational goals.

The following areas report to the Vice President of Instruction:
• Arts & Sciences
• Bachelor of Applied Science programs
• Business programs
• Centralia College East
• Continuing and Community Education
• Corrections Education program
• eLearning
• Industrial & Technical programs
• Healthcare programs
• Library
• Teacher Education & Family Development

The Vice President of Instruction must be engaged in the local community, participate in workforce development efforts, connect with K-12 leaders to form effective partnerships, and represent the college’s mission across the service district. In addition, the Vice President represents Centralia College within Washington’s community and technical college system in a variety of ways, and serves as the college’s liaison to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Contact Information

For questions about the search, the process, or the qualifications required and/or preferred, please contact:

Julie Huss
Vice President, Human Resources and Legal Affairs
360-623-8474
Email Julie Huss

Tammy Remund
Benefits and Compensation
360-623-8590
Email Tammy Remund