Dr. Jim Richardson became president at Wenatchee Valley College in July 2005. He came to the Wenatchee Valley from West Burlington, Iowa, where he was president of Southeastern Community College (SCC).
Richardson has 41 years of experience in higher education. He served as president of the Washington Association of Community and Technical College's (WACTC) Board of Presidents for 2015-16, and past president for 2016-17. The WACTC is the organization of community and technical college presidents, which includes 37 chancellors and presidents form the 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state.
Richardson serves as a college readiness commissioner for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges representing almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 13 million students.
Locally, Richardson serves on the North Central Washington Workforce Development Board. He is a past board member of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is a past board member and president of the Numerica Performing Arts Center. He is a member of the Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary.
Prior to WVC, he spent four years as president at SCC, was provost for student and academic affairs at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Calmar campus, and was dean of general education and academic development at Gateway Technical College’s Racine campus in Wisconsin.
He served as an academic coordinator and taught speech, English and American culture at Daejeon Junior College in South Korea. He taught speech for three years at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, Wash., where he was voted Teacher of the Year by the student government and was selected as an exchange professor to Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. He also taught in the communication skills department at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Wisconsin.
While serving as SCC’s president, Richardson was also president of the Iowa Association of Community College Presidents and chair of its legislative committee. In addition, he was the association’s liaison to One Source Training, a statewide organization that he helped form to bring consistent training curriculum to companies with a variety of locations within Iowa.
Richardson earned his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn. He has a master of arts in speech from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor of arts in communications from Winona State University.
A Message from the President
Thank you for visiting WVC's website. Wenatchee Valley College is a student-centered institution that focuses on learning. We offer students individual support, small classes with exceptional faculty, and a quality education at an affordable price.
Wenatchee Valley College is dedicated to preparing students to succeed at four-year colleges and universities. Each year graduates of WVC make successful transitions to public and private four-year colleges and universities.
We also offer high-quality workforce and technical programs to help students enter today's challenging workplace. Our vocational/technical students graduate with the skills most in demand in today's workplace.
WVC's commitment to the healthy economic future of our region is reflected in various partnerships where we provide job training and other services for new and existing businesses and industries throughout the Wenatchee Valley. WVC also provides continuing education and training for individuals, classes for licensure/re-licensure, and general interest classes throughout the year.
Wenatchee Valley College is dedicated to your success. For decades, the college has been helping students make important decisions about their futures--setting and reaching their goals and moving to four-year schools and into the workplace with the confidence and skills they need to succeed.
With a district that covers more than 10,000 square miles (larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined), WVC draws from the rich histories of the Wenatchee and Okanogan valleys. Our rich tradition of quality education began when we opened our doors in 1939 and has expanded to include communities from the North Cascades to Grand Coulee Dam to the rich farmlands of Eastern Washington and the Columbia River Valley.
We strongly believe that the mission of Wenatchee Valley College is reflected in our work: "...(to serve) the educational and cultural needs of its communities and the residents...." We at WVC enjoy our work and meeting those diverse, lifelong educational needs of our region and developing the potential of our students.
We know that our students need everything we can give them to compete at universities, for jobs, and in a world that becomes tougher to keep pace with every day. We at WVC are dedicated to constantly getting better at what we do to keep up with this changing world so that we can continue to add to our rich tradition through the success of our students.
In the welcoming, yet dynamic, diverse, and challenging environment of Wenatchee Valley College, every student is important to us. We are here for your success. I invite you to visit our beautiful campuses and learn more about the many exciting opportunities that await you. Thank you for visiting our website.