After being selected by the Bellingham Technical College (BTC) Board of Trustees, Dr. Kimberly Perry began her tenure as president of Bellingham Technical College on July 20, 2015. The Board of Trustees made the announcement at a special meeting on Thursday, June 4. Dr. Patricia McKeown retired from the position at the end of June 2015.
Before joining BTC, Dr. Perry served for four years as the Superintendent/President of Butte-Glenn Community College district, in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. Her previous positions included Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College and 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.
Dr. Perry was selected as BTC’s new president after an extensive search and much involvement of the campus community.
"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,” Dr. Perry said. “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."
Dr. Perry and her husband, Ellis Evans, 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!