Bellevue College


Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue College is seeking a visionary and strategic leader to serve as their next President.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President will lead innovative and unifying visioning and planning; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; foster campus culture rooted in trust and transparency; expand vital initiatives including student success; evaluate the institution for effectiveness and financial health; and develop relationships broadly with key stakeholder groups. The next President will collaborate with students, staff, and faculty to create a welcoming environment that builds community and maximizes opportunities for student learning, engagement, and success.

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive, and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle and serves a student population of 30,000, with over 54% students of color and more than 1,300 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing racial equity, inclusion, and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

This role requires a bachelor’s degree; a doctorate or terminal degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have prior experience inspiring, leading and managing complex public, private and/or not-for-profit organizations of considerable size. Experience in higher education and/or higher education policy at the state level is preferred. The next President will have a successful history of increasing leadership responsibility and management experience, which allows one to take responsibility for the administrative, personnel, and financial complexities of the position. The ideal candidate will be a leader with organizational agility who handles ambiguity well. Direct budget responsibility of a multi-million-dollar budget is preferred.

The next President will be a steadfast advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging across all dimensions of the college. This person will have a demonstrated record of success championing leadership efforts that advance racial equity and foster a culture of belonging that advances racial, social, and economic justice. This person will have a demonstrated commitment to and track record of promoting and supporting the trajectory of students and the careers of individuals from historically excluded and underrepresented populations. The next President will be self-motivated, proactive, resourceful, adept at building relationships, empathetic, a servant leader, and service-oriented with a keen focus on the organization they serve.

Bellevue College is partnering with Veena Abraham, J.D. and Robert Luke at EQU Advisors on this search. Please visit Submissions to submit a nomination, express interest, and/or apply as well as to review the Search Profile which outlines the role and agenda for the position.

For full consideration, candidates should visit the link “Submissions” above, complete the form, and submit the following documents by February 3, 2023: a) a letter of interest outlining their experience relative to the role and agenda for the position and b) a resume or curriculum vitae c) a diversity statement of no more than two (2) pages that describes and provide specific examples of how their educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how these prepare them to contribute to Bellevue College.

Additional information regarding references and due diligence will be requested from semi-finalists and finalists later in the process. The anticipated annual salary range for the position is $275,000 - $310,000. The final annual salary will be commensurate with the next President’s qualifications and related experience. This position is eligible for relocation allowance. A generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid holidays, sick, and vacation plans; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc.

Bellevue College is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

Bellevue College does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity; creed; color; national origin; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; age; religion; genetic information; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or veteran status in educational programs and activities which it operates. Bellevue College is prohibited from discriminating in such a manner by college policy and by state and federal law. All college personnel and persons, vendors, and organizations with whom the college does business are required to comply with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations designed to promote affirmative action and equal opportunity.