Wenatchee Valley College is looking for a new college president.

WVC president Jim Richardson announced his plans to retire at the WVC January board meeting, effective the end of June 2022.

At their February meeting, the WVC Board of Trustees directed WVC Human Resources to conduct an external search for a presidential candidate using an outside consulting firm.

Community Relations Executive Director Libby Siebans says the right candidate will understand the unique needs of Wenatchee's culturally diverse service district.

"We have a diverse student body here, and we want to maintain our tribal relationships, as well as serving the needs of WVC, as it stands as a Hispanic serving institution," Siebans notes.

Before announcing their decision at the board meeting, trustees summarized several important points that employees shared during the listening sessions. "Some of the key points that employees shared, included the need for a national search, as well as transparency in the process. In particular, finding a candidate who understands the unique needs of our service district," Seibans said.

Richardson became president of WVC in 2005, and holds the distinction of the longest serving president in the college's history, with 17 years of service.



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