Centralia College is led by a dedicated team of administrators committed to student success, academic excellence, and supporting the community.
Bob Mohrbacher has been president of Centralia College since 2016. He previously served as the vice president of instruction and student services at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake from 2010-16 and interim vice president for learning and student success at Pierce College Puyallup (2008-09). He was a faculty member at Pierce College Puyallup for eighteen years, and also served as English department coordinator, and division chair for business and humanities.
He has an Ed.D. in education and community college leadership from Oregon State University, a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington. He is a member of the board of the Lewis County Economic Development Council, and the board of Valley View Health Center, as well as the Centralia College Foundation.
Interim Vice President of Instruction
Connie Smejkal has been employed at the college since 2006. Most recently, she served four years as the dean of instruction for business, teacher education, and early learning programs. Prior to 2018, she was a tenured business instructor. During her time at the college, she has helped write, launch, and manage the bachelor's degree programs in Management, Teacher Education, and Behavioral Healthcare. Ms. Smejkal has overseen programs in Career and Technical Education, Transitional Education, including Basic Education for Adults, arts and sciences, the library, and corrections education. Ms. Smejkal also serves on statewide committees for community and technical college administrators, and works with community partners to foster program development that lead to student success in support of the college’s strategic plan and mission.
Ms. Smejkal earned her bachelor’s degree at National American University and her master’s degree at the University of Phoenix.
Areas of Oversight
- Teaching & Learning
- Academic Programs & Library
Dr. Robert Cox
Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Robert Cox has been the vice president of Student Services at Centralia College since 2014. Dr. Cox previously was the executive dean of student success and enrollment management at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in Gresham, Ore.
Dr. Cox is a Centralia College graduate who earned his bachelor’s degree from WSU and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Oregon State University. While a student at Centralia College from 1998 through 2000, Cox was a starting guard on the Trailblazer men’s basketball team, received the Most Inspirational Player award, and was selected as an Outstanding Student of Centralia College. In 1999 he served as the Associated Student of Centralia College Vice President.
During his time at Mt. Hood Community College, Cox filled numerous roles including the executive dean of enrollment management, director of student life, Dean of Students and interim vice president of student success and enrollment management. For two years, beginning in 2007, Cox was the student involvement coordinator at Washington State University in Vancouver.
Dr. Cox currently serves as a board member on the Centralia Athletics and Activities Facilities Foundation (CAAFF), the Centralia Community Foundation, and the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).
Areas of Oversight
- Enrollment Services (Admissions & Registration)
- Financial Aid
- Student Conduct
- Student Life
Vice President of Human Resources and Equity
Joy Anglesey has a Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Capella University and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The Evergreen State College.
She has experience in both the public and private sectors. She previously served as the Director of Human Resources for SafePlace in Olympia, and has worked at Westport LLC, the Quinault Beach Resort, the Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and in banking.
Areas of Oversight
- Employee Contracts & Bargaining
- Equity Initiatives
- Employee Training
- Employee Benefits
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Tariq Qureshi has been the Vice President of Finance and Administration since April 2023. He previously served as the Director of Budgets, Grants & Contracts at Centralia College since July 2022. Prior to Centralia College, Mr. Qureshi served in various corporate finance and financial planning and analysis roles for more than 20 years in several industry sectors including banking and financial services, retail finance, and consulting and professional services. Mr. Qureshi has worked in corporate finance and consulting for international corporations, including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young (EY), Blackstone, Citigroup, and HSBC Bank. He also has prior experience implementing and working with Oracle/PeopleSoft systems. Mr. Qureshi has also served with Enactus Socially Responsible College Entrepreneurship and Junior Achievement High School Economics programs in mentoring, tutoring, and judging capacities, all in corporate sponsored volunteer service.
He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and International Business from the University of Dallas in Texas. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Houston in Texas.
Areas of Oversight
- Accounting, Business Office, Cashier & Payroll
- Facilities, Grounds, Custodial, Maintenance & Operations
- Capital Projects
- Budgets, Grants & Contracts
- Bookstore & Auxiliary Services
- Food Services
- Safety & Security
- Information Technology (IT)
- Procurement Services