Bellevue College leader, advocate for Issaquah campus, resigns

May 24, 2011

By Staff

Bellevue College President Jean Floten, a strong advocate for adding a college campus to the Issaquah Highlands, is resigning from the institution to serve as chancellor of WGU Washington, the state’s online university.

Floten arrived at Bellevue College in 1989 and helped build the Eastside institution into a college serving about 39,000 students each year. Only the University of Washington and Washington State University outrank Bellevue College in size.

“Having the honor of serving as president of Bellevue College for over two decades has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” she said in a statement.

The college announced the resignation May 23.

In recent years, Floten focused on adding a satellite campus in a fast-growing Eastside community. The college announced plans last year to build a campus in the highlands, as a complicated land-preservation process neared completion.

The college purchased land for a highlands campus last year, but no construction timeline has been finalized.

The college’s board of trustees plans to launch a national search for a successor to Floten.

WGU Washington is a partnership between the state and Western Governors University.

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