The Bellevue College Board of Trustees unanimously selected former Governor of Washington State, Gary Locke, as the college’s Interim President. Governor Locke described himself as a nontraditional college president candidate and someone with a passion for education policy. Locke wants to encourage a cultural shift on campus, provide stability, and elevate the college’s stature as it searches for a permanent president.
Governor Locke attended Yale University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and received his law degree from Boston University. Locke is a leader in education, employment, trade, health care, human rights, immigration reform, privacy, and the environment. His innovations in government efficiency, customer focus, priority-based budgeting, as well as successful and under-budget management of high-risk initiatives, have won him acclaim from nationally recognized authors and organizations, including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Bellevue College strives to create a vibrant campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. Pluralism is promoted in all aspects of the college and is an essential part of their mission and goals.
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President Emeritus Dr. Jerry Weber, Bellevue College is a public community college in Bellevue, Washington. With an annual enrollment of over 32,000 students, Bellevue College is the largest of the 34 institutions that make up the Washington Community and Technical Colleges system and the third-largest institution of higher education overall in the state behind the University of Washington and Washington State University. Bellevue College offers transfer associate degree programs that cover the first two years of a college education, bachelor degree programs, professional-technical degrees and certificates, a large continuing education program, and pre-college programs. With soon to be available on-campus student housing, Bellevue College is transforming itself to become a 24/7 learning institution.