SPSCC presidential finalists to visit campus

The five finalists to become South Puget Sound Community College’s next president are scheduled to visit campus next week.

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) selected the five finalists from an initial group of 29 candidates earlier this month.

The finalists are from around the country, either currently the president of another school, or ready to take that next step, said Kellie Braseth, Dean of College Relations.

Braseth said the number of well-qualified candidates who originally applied was not surprising, given the great reputation of SPSCC.

The scheduled visits for the five finalists are:

Dec. 4: Larry Galizio Ph.D. Clatsop Community College president in Astoria, Oregon.

Dec. 5: Douglas W. Allen, Ed.D., president of Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota.

Dec. 6: Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, Ed.D., executive vice president of instruction and student services at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington.

Dec. 10: David M. Smith, Ph.D., vice president of instruction and student affairs at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Dec. 11: Timothy S. Stokes, Ed.D., executive vice president for academic and student affairs at the Tacoma Community College

The candidates will have private interviews with the Board of Trustees and attend a forum open to faculty, staff, students and community members. Each forum will begin with a short presentation by the finalist about themselves, and then be opened for questions from the audience.

The forums will occur on the same day of each finalists’ campus visit at 2:15 p.m. in Building 26, Room 105.

The campus community is encouraged to attend the forums, or watch the recorded versions available at the SPSCC Library and the Hawk’s Prairie Center, and submit feedback regarding each candidate to the Board of Trustees. Submissions should be sent to

Attending the forums is a good way for people not directly involved in the search process to learn about the candidates, said Braseth.

The Board of Trustees is expected to make a final decision in late December.