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Bellingham Technical College (BTC) Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Kimberly Perry to serve as the next president of Bellingham Technical College. She will assume her position at BTC on July 20. The Board of Trustees made the announcement at a special meeting on Thursday, June 4. Dr. Patricia McKeown will retire at the end of June 2015.

Since July of 2011, Dr. Perry has served as the Superintendent/President of Butte-Glenn Community College district, in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. Her previous position was as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College. Prior to that position she served six years as the Vice President of Instruction at Reedley College in Reedley, CA. Her tenure at Reedley College began as a Dean of Instruction with responsibilities in the areas of Career Technical Education, the International Student Exchange Program and state and federal grants dealing with workforce development. Dr. Perry began her career in education as a high school agriculture and natural resources instructor in Fremont, CA.

Dr. Perry received her Ed.D. from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, and her master’s from University of California, Davis. She also has a rich history of lecturing, including: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in Agricultural Education and as a continuing education specialist for University of California, Davis University Extension. Her career technical education experience includes: Specialist in Agricultural and Natural Resources at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office; the California State Biotechnology Economic Development Network Director; and the Vocational Education Services Dean at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. In addition, for eight years she was the Executive Director of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization, an organization affiliated with the National FFA Organization.

"We received invaluable input from the campus and community stakeholders; and we want to commend the Search Committee’s commitment, collaboration and dedication to the process of finding the best possible match for BTC," stated Board Chair, Jim Groves, on behalf of the Board of Trustees. "In addition, the feedback we received from the faculty and staff at the campus forums was equally vital to our deliberations. We feel confident that Dr. Perry understands the college’s needs, mission, and vision and is the best choice to lead BTC."

"I am extremely honored to have been selected to lead Bellingham Technical College. I believe that two-year colleges play a vital role in today's society. BTC has an excellent reputation of delivering quality programs and services to its students. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, faculty, employees, students, the business industry and the community in forging new partnerships and opportunities to fulfill the mission of BTC" said Dr. Perry.

Dr. Perry and her husband, Ellis Evans are looking forward to moving to the Bellingham area. They both enjoy musical theater, country music, fine dining and spending time with their canine and feline ‘family.’ Additionally, Dr. Perry is eager to learn to kayak!

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BTC is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees. Each member is appointed by the governor, and serves a five-year term.

The Board’s activities include strategic planning, policy creation, appointing the College President, approving operating budgets, and awarding tenure.

For additional information regarding the Board of Trustees please contact the College President's office at 360.752.8334.


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Jim Groves

Appointed to the BTC Board of Trustees November 2009 and serves as the current board chair.

CAREER PROFILE:

Journeyman Electrician, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191. Whatcom County Central Labor Council, recording secretary.

EDUCATION PROFILE:

Attended BTC and graduated from Bellingham High School.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Whatcom County Central Labor Council.


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James W. Cunningham

Appointed to the BTC Board of Trustees in 1998. Mr. Cunningham was reappointed in June 2005 and served as the Board Chair, 2001 - 2003.

CAREER PROFILE:

Retired General Manager, Bellingham Operations, Georgia-Pacific Inc.

EDUCATION PROFILE:

Attended Seattle University, B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Oceanography, University of Washington.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Bellingham Rotary Club; Actively involved in Lake Whatcom Watershed issues through the Lake Whatcom Stewardship Association.


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Debbie Ahl

Appointed to the BTC Board of Trustees in November 2011

CAREER PROFILE:

Currently works with small businesses and entrepreneurial startups to support economic growth in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. (Retired) President & CEO Sterling Life Insurance Company. (Retired) President & CEO, Olympic Health Management Systems, Inc.

EDUCATION PROFILE:

Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University in Communications.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Joint Quality Committee for Peace Health St. Joseph Hospital. Board for the Center for Excellence in Management Education for the College of Business & Economics, Western Washington University.


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Lisa Woo

Appointed to Bellingham Technical College’s Board of Trustees May 2011

CAREER PROFILE:

Woo has been a property developer since 1999, owning and managing multi-use properties and has worked as a Washington State Realtor since 1998. She is also a commercial property and small business owner, having owned the Gateway building downtown and Red Berry since 2007.

EDUCATION PROFILE:

Woo received her education from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

WWU Foundation Board from 2001 to present, Mt. Baker Theatre Board of Directors, Downtown Renaissance Network and Korean Realtors Association.


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Kelly Espinoza

Appointed to Bellingham Technical College’s Board of Trustees January 2013

CAREER PROFILE:

Currently serves as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center where she has oversight for patient care services including nursing, pharmacy, social services, behavioral health, rehabilitation services, therapies, professional practice, emergency services and trauma.

Kelly also served as the President of the Nevada State Board of Nursing and was awarded the Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement for LEADERSHIP in 2012 and participates in numerous professional organizations including but not limited to Sigma Theta Tau, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Association of Nurse Executives (AONE).

EDUCATION PROFILE:

Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of Nevada, Reno, and is pursuing her PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas