Council honors Bellevue College leader, advocate for Issaquah campus

July 21, 2011

By Staff

Outgoing Bellevue College President Jean Floten (center) is joined by King County Council members during a recognition ceremony Monday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2011

On Monday, King County Council members lauded outgoing Bellevue College President Jean Floten, the college’s longtime leader and a staunch advocate for building a satellite campus in Issaquah.

The recognition came as she ends a 22-year tenure at the Eastside campus.

“Jean Floten has been a tireless advocate for higher education in this state,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement. “Her tenure at Bellevue College will be a benchmark for excellence. I wish her the best in her new endeavor, but we’re going to miss her on the Eastside.”

Floten plans to resign from Bellevue College to serve as chancellor of WGU Washington, a nonprofit 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.

The college administrator earned a reputation for expanding Bellevue College’s degree programs and transforming the institution from a community college.

The college purchased land for a campus in the Issaquah Highlands last year. Late last year, Floten outlined a bold plan for the campus in the decades ahead. No construction timeline has been finalized for the Issaquah campus, although construction is underway on a road to access to the planned campus.

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