County Council honors Bellevue College leader, Issaquah campus advocate

July 26, 2011

By Staff

Contributed King County Council members join outgoing Bellevue College President Jean Floten (center) during a July 18 recognition ceremony.

On July 18, 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 under way on a road to access the planned campus.

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