Bellevue College appoints interim president

June 7, 2011

By Staff

Former Bellevue College administrator Laura Saunders has been appointed as interim president for the institution.

The appointment came days after Bellevue College President Jean Floten announced plans to serve as chancellor of WGU Washington, the state’s online university.

Saunders is due to serve until a new president is in place. College trustees have started the process of hiring a firm to lead a nationwide search for a new leader.

Floten announced plans last year to build a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. The college has purchased land for a highlands campus, and although no construction timeline has been finalized, crews have started building the access road to the planned campus.

Saunders served as vice president of administrative services at Bellevue College from 2005 until she retired in 2008.

“She is known to Bellevue College’s faculty, administration and to some extent the students,” trustees Chairman Vijay Vashee said in a statement. “Her extensive background with the Washington community and technical college system will provide strong leadership and continuity for the college as we conduct our search for the permanent president. She will provide a smooth transition to the new administration.”

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