WVC announces four presidential finalists

October 27, 2022 

Media Contacts:
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 

Wenatchee Valley College announces four finalists in its search for the next president. 

Candidates under consideration are: 

  • Dr. David Johns – President, Ferrum College 
  • Dr. Faimous Harrison – Dean, California State University-Stockton Campus 
  • Dr. Karin Hilgersom – President, Truckee Meadows Community College 
  • Dr. David Pelkey – Vice President of Student Services, South Puget Sound Community College 

The four final candidates for president were selected from a group of six semifinalists that interviewed a week ago on October 20 and 21. In total, WVC received 46 applications from across the country. 

In-person finalist visits are set for October 31 through November 3. Each candidate will participate in one, full-day visit that includes public forums on both the Omak and Wenatchee campuses. Forums are open to WVC students, WVC employees and invited community stakeholders. Participants may attend in-person or via Zoom webinar. 

Visit the presidential search page to view biographical information submitted by the final candidates and to find more information about the forums. 

The WVC Board of Trustees is expected to announce the next president the week of November 7. This will be WVC’s 13th president since it opened in 1939. The new president replaces Dr. Jim Richardson who is retiring in December after 17 years. 


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Wenatchee Valley College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment and student enrollment. All programs are free from discrimination and harassment against any person because of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, parental status or families with children, marital status, religion, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status or any other prohibited basis per RCW 49.60.030, 040 and other federal and state laws and regulations, or participation in the complaint process. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and Title IX compliance for both the Wenatchee and Omak campuses: 

  • To report discrimination or harassment: Title IX Coordinator, Wenatchi Hall 2322M, (509) 682-6445, title9@wvc.edu. 
  • To request disability accommodations: Director of Student Access, Wenatchi Hall 2133, (509) 682-6854, TTY/TTD: dial 711, sas@wvc.edu.