Announcement of Presidential Finalists

October 15th, 2012

After an extensive national search, the Bellevue College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that there are four presidential finalists.  A rich pool of candidates was recruited from throughout the state, region and nation. Your contribution to the many accomplishments at BC was instrumental in recruiting these top caliber candidates.

The board would like to take this opportunity to thank the Presidential Search Advisory Committee:  Doug Brown, Takhmina Dzhuraeva, Ross Hunter, Glenn Jackson, Sarah Langton, Earl Overstreet II, and Jennifer Prekeges for their dedication, commitment, and hard work on behalf of Bellevue College.

Each presidential finalist will participate in a public forum at the College. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the open public forums.  The public forum sessions are open to administration, faculty, staff, students and the general public.  There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a short presentation, and a question and answer session.  Comment forms will be given to all who attend and the completed comment forms will be collected immediately after each session and given to Bellevue College Board of Trustees for review.

 In addition to the open public forum and to give multiple opportunities for input, there will also be a student forum, faculty forum and an opportunity for the candidates to meet with faculty union leadership.  Candidates’ complete schedules and meeting locations will be distributed later this week. 

The Bellevue College finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Ronald Brown serves as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Wayne State University, MI. Previously, Dr. Brown served as Dean for the College of Health Profession and Social work at Temple University, PA. Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University, GA and a Doctorate in Education with a Cognate in Psychology from Georgia State University, GA.

Dr. Terrence Burgess serves as President of San Diego City College, SDCCD, CA. Previously, Dr. Burgess served as President of Chabot College, CLPCCD, CA. Dr. Burgess holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and a Master of Biological Sciences from the from California State University, Fullerton, CA, and a Doctorate of Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, MN.

Dr. Jack Daniels serves as President of Los Angeles Southwest College, LACCD, CA. Previously, Dr. Daniels served as President of Lincoln Land Community College, IL. Dr. Daniels received Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Education from Huntington College, IN, and a Doctorate in Psychology from the Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology in Berkeley, CA.

 Dr. David Rule serves as President of the Rock Creek Campus, Portland Community College, OR. Previously, Dr. Rule served as President of Muskegon Community College, MI. Dr. Rule received an Associates of Performing Arts from Schenectady County Community College, NY, a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the College of St. Rose, NY, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the College of St. Rose, NY and a Doctorate in Education Psychology and Statistics from the University of Albany, SUNY, NY.

Complete bios of presidential candidates is available at

Public Forums:

Open Public Forums will take place October 22 – 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM in the Carlson Theater.  The schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 22nd                                                   Dr. Ronald Brown

Tuesday, October 23rd                                                   Dr. David Rule

Wednesday, October 24th                                            Dr. Jack Daniels

Thursday, October 25th                                                  Dr. Terrence Burgess

For further information on the Public Forums please contact:  Cesar Portillo, Vice President for Human Resources,, 425-564-2445 (office).

Should you have any search related questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our ACCT Search Consultants: Julie Golder Alion, J.D., at 202 – 775-4466 (office), 202-384-5816 (mobile) or Dr. Narcisa Polonio at 202-276-1983 (mobile),