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Presidential Search

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Academic Search Profile

Wenatchee Valley College is seeking applications for the position of president. After 17 years, our current president is retiring. We may be biased, but we think our community college, surrounding communities and beautiful North Central Washington are the best! Check out the search profile to learn more.


  • January 19: At the January board meeting WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson announces plans to retire on June 30, 2022. The president releases a personal message.
  • February 1: The Board of Trustees holds a listening session for WVC at Omak employees.
  • February 2: The Board of Trustees holds a listening session for WVC Wenatchee campus employees.
  • February 16: At their February board meeting, the WVC Board of Trustees announces the decision to do an external search and gives approval to human resources to secure a firm.
  • March 16: WVC Board of Trustees extends the president’s contract through the end of the year, Dec. 31, 2022.
  • March 16: A consulting firm, Academic Search, is selected for the presidential search process.
  • April 20: WVC Board of Trustees chooses the presidential search committee members.
  • May 13: Listening sessions are held with community members.
  • May 16: First meeting with the search firm and the presidential search committee.
  • May 26: Campus listening sessions are held.
  • Mid-June: Public notice of the position description and announcement released. 
  • Sept. 28: Application closes.
  • Oct. 7: Presidential search committee meets to select candidates for semifinalist interviews.
  • Oct. 17-18: Semifinalist interviews.
  • Week of Oct. 31: Finalist interviews and campus visits (Wenatchee and Omak).
  • Week of Nov. 7: New president announced.

Tamra Jackson, Trustee - Chair, Bridgeport
Steve Zimmerman, Trustee - Co-Chair, Wenatchee
Paula Arno Martinez, Trustee - Alternate, Wenatchee
Will Kraske, Full Time Faculty – Math, Omak
Francisco Sarmiento, Full Time Faculty - Agriculture, Wenatchee
Tony Rosales, Exempt - Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Wenatchee
Riva Morgan, Exempt - Associate Dean for Transitional Studies and Workforce Grants, Wenatchee
Jenny Ezpeleta, Classified - Biology Instructional and Class Support Tech 3, Wenatchee
Jocelyn Vincent-Ramsey, Classified - Program Coordinator, Omak
Tammy James, Colville Tribal Representative, Nespelem
Brenda Alcala, Board Member - Wenatchee Foundation, Wenatchee
Connie Toth, Part Time Faculty - Nursing, Wenatchee
Reagan Bellamy, Executive Director of Human Resources, Wenatchee 

WVC contracted with Academic Search to conduct the presidential search. Academic Search is committed to identifying and developing leaders by providing the highest level of executive search to our higher education partners. Their consultants interact extensively with the search committee to assist with organizing and managing the search process, and informing the crucial decisions of the search committees and hiring authorities.

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