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About Us


President Dr. Curt Freed

Dr. Curt Freed has worked in the community college setting since 1994. He has been a tenured faculty member teaching human services, a dean for career and workforce development, a dean for health sciences, and served as the Vice President for Instruction at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. Prior to joining Whatcom Community College, Dr. Freed served as the Vice President for Instruction at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA. In recent years, Dr. Freed gained experience developing baccalaureate programs in the community college setting as well as significant experience in workforce and economic development. He has served as the workforce development chair for a local community health alliance and is an active partner in the economic development community.

Dr. Freed holds a BS in Psychology, MEd in Counseling and Guidance, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration. For his dissertation, Dr. Freed studied the role of emotional intelligence in community college leaders. He stresses the importance of relationships and compassion for others throughout his work. Dr. Freed believes that success comes from the ability to help the college and community feel well-cared for in an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and growth of others.

Vice Presidents

Susan Clough
Vice President of Administration and Finance

Kathy Frisbie
Vice President of Instruction

Scott Scholes
Vice President of Student Success

President’s Staff

Jane Fries
Assistant to the President

Ariella Gonzales-Vondy
Director of Communications, Marketing, and Recruitment

Derek Grubb
Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Kari Linker
Director of Development