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* College plans for two targeted power outages

Shoreline Community College officials are planning two partial power outages now so that they can keep the electricity flowing later.


Facilities and Capital Projects Director Bob Roehl said targeted outages in four buildings on June 1 and June 15-18 will allow workers to replace some electrical panels, install a new transformer and test a new generator. The upgrades will ensure that the campus phone system will stay operational during unplanned outages and provide power to areas that would be communications and planning centers in the case of emergencies.


The areas impacted will be 1000, 1100, 1200 and 1300 buildings. The 1000 building houses the main administration offices while business offices are in the 1200 building. The 1100 and 1300 buildings are classrooms. During the outages, there will be no power for lights or computers although a temporary generator will keep the phone system operational.


June 1 is a Saturday and the disruption should be minimal. However, the second outage includes a Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18. Roehl is contacting the impacted employees and arranging temporary work accommodations. Signage will be posted on the buildings prior to and during the outages.


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* Campbell named acting president
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Daryl Campbell is the acting president of Shoreline Community College, effective June 10, 2013.

At the May 22 Board of Trustees meeting, President Lee Lambert submitted his resignation effective June 30. His last day on campus will be at the June 9 Commencement ceremonies, followed by previously unused annual leave. Lambert has accepted a position as chancellor of Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. His first day there will be July 1.

“As anticipated under our policy governance, I’m appointing Daryl Campbell as acting president,” Lambert said after handing his resignation letter to the board.

Board chair Phil Barrett said that while he will miss working with Lambert, “I have incredible faith in Daryl Campbell to keep this college on a steady course. It is very, very important to have continuity. We are doing incredibly great things here and we must keep that going.”

Campbell said he’s ready and looking forward to the role.

“I’m proud to have worked with President Lambert over the past five years to put this college on a strong financial footing, to forward key strategic initiatives, navigate through unprecedented state budget cuts and much more,” Campbell said after the meeting. “I’m excited to be able to help keep this college moving forward and to help our students.”

Campbell came to Shoreline in 2008 as vice president for administrative services, the position he continues to hold. From 2001-08, he held administrative positions with Goddard College in Plainfield, VT., including vice president for finance and administration. Campbell also has experience in the private sector as executive vice president, chief financial officer and general manager in the health and fitness industry.

Campbell has a law degree from Seattle University and recently passed the Washington State Bar. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix in San Francisco and BS from the University of Vermont. He was also a registered dietitian through 1997, earned at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The board also discussed potential next steps toward choosing an interim president and then finding a permanent replacement for Lambert.

“We will work through consensus, we need your input to help us make a great decision,” Board Chair Barrett said, referring to the campus community. Barrett urged anyone with thoughts on process or qualities needed in an interim president to send those comments to the board. Comments can be sent to board secretary Lori Yonemitsu by e-mail at or delivered to her office in the 1000 building at the college.

Later in the meeting, the board authorized college staff to begin preparing a request for proposal to find a search firm to assist in the search for a permanent president.

Kira Wennstrom was faculty representative for the meeting, filling in for faculty member and union president Amy Kinsel. “I’m pleased to hear the board is anticipating an open and inclusive process,” Wennstrom said.

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* Board opens discussion on succession

A conversation between members of the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees has begun the journey of finding a successor to outgoing President Lee Lambert.

On Friday, May 17, Lambert was named as chancellor at Pima Community College. His first day on the job at the Tucson, Ariz., school will be July 1. On Monday, May 20, 2013, Shoreline’s trustees met for what was originally scheduled to be an executive session, but amended to include an open, non-action, sharing of thoughts and concerns.

The conversation included questions about whether or not to use a search firm, what skills and talents would be needed, timing of a hiring and potential implications and impacts.  While no decisions were made on a succession process, there was consensus on the need to stay on track with the current strategic initiatives.

The board continued with the executive session, followed by an open comment period. The trustees are scheduled to meet again Wednesday in a regular session, including a study session at 3 p.m. and regular session at 4 p.m.

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* President Lambert named Pima chancellor

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert has been named the new chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.

In unanimous vote Friday, May 17, 2013, the Pima board of governors chose Lambert to lead the six-campus college. Board Chair Brenda Even said it was clear Lambert has the skills needed to move Pima forward.

“I’m honored and pleased to be selected as the chancellor for Pima Community College,” Lambert said. “In my visit and conversations, it is apparent to me that Pima is committed to student access and success. I’m looking forward to working with any and all groups to advance the mission of the college.”

Lambert is scheduled to start at Pima on July 1.

The next step for Shoreline will be to discuss and develop a transition plan. The Shoreline Board of Trustees has scheduled an executive session for 3 p.m., Monday, May 20, with no action items on the agenda. Then, the board has a regular meeting scheduled meeting for 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 22. The Wednesday meeting will include a study session starting at 3 p.m. that day.

“I’m sorry to see Lee go, but wish him all the best in this next stage of his career,” Shoreline Board Chair Phil Barrett said. “He was a visionary president that, with faculty and staff, moved the college forward in many significant ways.  Lee leaves the college in a far better position than when he arrived. The entire board of trustees is dedicated to finding a strong leader to help take Shoreline Community College to even greater heights.”

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* Pima to announce chancellor choice

The Pima Community College Board of Governors will meet Friday, May 17, 2013 to “select the successful finalist for chancellor."

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert was named last week by the Pima board as the leading candidate to be Pima’s next chancellor.

The Friday meeting agenda also includes “authorize execution of Chancellor contract, hear comments from Pima representatives who visited the Shoreline campus on Tuesday and thank those involved with the chancellor search. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. and will be streamed live on the Pima website.

Lambert visited Pima in April, toured the six Pima campuses, met with board and participated in open forums with employees and the public.

“I’m very gratified with what appears to be the Board of Governors decision,” Lambert said. “While I do love the college and people at Shoreline, I’m also excited about the opportunities at Pima Community College and the communities it serves.”

Shoreline Board Chair Phil Barrett said he was sorry to see Lambert go.

“Lee has been a great leader, a visionary leader,” Barrett said. “With this apparent change, we will now start on our own process that will continue to move Shoreline forward with the vision and values he helped to put in place.”

SCC/Jim Hills

* Pima Community College team coming to Shoreline

A group of officials from Pima Community College in Tucson Ariz., are visiting Shoreline Community College on May 13-14, 2013.

Shoreline President Lee Lambert is the leading candidate for the open position of chancellor at Pima, a six-campus system that is the eighth largest community college in the U.S. Lambert is one of four finalists for the Pima job. The Pima Board of Governors voted Friday, May 10, to authorize the visit to Shoreline as part of their decision process. No other campus visits were identified.

Pima Governing Board Chair Brenda Even said Lambert was “the candidate that seemed to rise to the top.” She has said the visit to Shoreline is a typical part of the “due diligence process” in the hiring of a new chancellor

Coming to Shoreline with Board Chair Even are board member Sylvia M. Lee; Lou Albert, President of Pima’s West Campus; Terra Benson, Director of Pima Admissions and Records; Kimlisa Duchicela, faculty member at Pima’s Downtown Campus, and Norm Rebenstorf, board member of the  Pima Foundation.

Board member Lee arrived Monday afternoon, May 13, and informally toured the campus. On Tuesday, Lee and the rest of the group are scheduled to have breakfast with one or two Shoreline Trustees in the Board Room and then:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Meet with senior executive team members
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. – Go on a campus tour
  • Noon- 1 p.m. – Have lunch with 1-2 Shoreline trustees
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. – Open meeting with students and others
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Open meeting with faculty and others
  • 3:34-4:45 p.m. – Open meeting with classified staff, administrators and others

The lunch and subsequent meetings tentatively scheduled to take place at the ProfessionalAutomotive Training Center. While the afternoon meetings are focused on the groups listed, they are open to others.

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* Lambert leading candidate for Arizona job

The next step in the search for new chancellor at Pima Community College will be taken on the campus of Shoreline Community College.

Lee ACM 051013.jpgPima’s Board of Governors, in a special meeting Friday, May 10, 2013, approved travel expenses for a visit to Shoreline that could occur as soon as next week.

Shoreline President Lee Lambert is the leading candidate to be chancellor at the multi-campus district in Tucson, Ariz., according to Pima officials. At the Friday special meeting, Pima Governing Board Chair Brenda Even announced that Lambert was “the candidate that seemed to rise to the top.”

The Pima meeting and announcement came late Friday afternoon, after an all-campus meeting at Shoreline where Lambert discussed the Pima position.

In a unanimous vote, the Pima board authorized two board members and three employees to travel to Shoreline to conduct a site visit. No date for the visit was announced, but it is expected to be as soon as early next week. Chair Even described the visit as a typical part of the “due diligence process” in the hiring of a new chancellor.

“Shoreline has a lot of people and programs to be very proud of,” Lambert said. “I look forward to showing what we have built here to help our students be successful.”

Lambert is one of four finalists for the position that went to Tucson for extensive interviews. At the board meeting on Friday, Shoreline was the only site identified for a visit by the Pima delegation.

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* All-campus meeting covers plenty of ground

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Safety & Security Director Robn Blacksmith models evacuation-monitor gear at the May 10, 2013 all-campus meeting. More photos

It was a crowded and informative agenda for the May 10, 2013 All Campus Meeting at Shoreline Community College.

Attendees, both in-person and on streaming video, saw and heard updates on the state and college budgets, division and department reorganization plans, accreditation, campus internationalization, the virtual college, campus safety and security efforts and college-level impacts from the state’s business-processes project called ctcLink.

President Lee Lambert began the meeting talking about his status as a candidate for the chancellor job at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. “The things I care about are employees, faculty and students,” Lambert said. The opportunity to do that work on a larger scale at Pima, which has an operating budget that would be one-fifth of the entire Washington system, is one worth considering, he added.

As for the budget, Lambert said the state of Washington’s approach to funding higher education is hurting employees and students. “We are sorely underfunded,” he said. “Our focus has to be on Olympia because all we can do is respond to decisions made there.”

He noted that in 2009, the total community and technical colleges system of 34 colleges received about $988 million with $750 million of that coming from the state. “Today, we get just over $900 million, but only $586 million comes from the state,” he said. “The rest is on the backs of our students. We are overburdening our students. Something is wrong.”

Lambert briefly recapped competing budget scenarios from the state House and Senate, the main subjects of a special legislative session scheduled to open Monday, May 13. “While there are differences, at this point, we are planning on a flat, no new revenue budget from the state,” Lambert said. “Compared to recent years, that’s good news.”

James Jansen, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, said that a reorganization of the academic and student services areas that he oversees is on hold. “We had a lot of discussion across campus and I learned some things,” Jansen said. “Especially now with the potential for change with the president, we’ll put the reorg on hold until at least this fall and go forward with the current structure.”

Joe Duggan, newly appointed director of the also new Department of Institutional Assessment & Data Management, spoke about the next steps in the ongoing accreditation process. Duggan noted that he is looking for feedback on draft accreditation documents and has a June 14 deadline.

Campus internationalization was next up, with Dean of Social Sciences Bob Francis recounting his experience co-presenting on Shoreline’s efforts at the American Association of Community College (AACC) annual convention this past month in San Francisco. Other co-presenters at the convention were Diana Sampson and Mari Kosin from International Education office and Vice President Jansen.

Francis said that campus internationalization creates an environment that provides learning opportunities that attract and retain both domestic and international students.  While students engage a rigorous academic program, community members also see the college as a vibrant place where they can learn more about the evolving world.

“I came away understanding just how far along we are,” Francis said, reciting a long list of on-campus internationalization successes and ongoing efforts. “We are head and shoulders above many larger institutions.”

Ann Garnsey-Harter, director of Shoreline’s Virtual College and eLearning, focused on the transition from Blackboard to the Canvas learning management system and other advances in her area. She noted that the process that began last fall has resulted in 197 classes now moved to Canvas.

“It has been hard work, but we’ve had lots of training and support, along with two retreats, and faculty should be commended,” she said.

Garnsey-Harter also noted that more faculty members are using and developing classes that use open course library (OCL) materials. The statewide project that started with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is helping keep down the cost of textbooks and other class materials. She noted the efforts by math faculty member Shana Calaway, who has developed two classes and written an OCL text.

More articulation agreements with more universities are also opening up new pathways for students, Garnsey-Harter said. Shoreline recently aligned with a new online degree at the University of Washington and is expanding agreements with Grand Canyon University, Portland State University and the University of Phoenix, she said.

Director of Safety and Security Robin Blacksmith paraded in front of the crowd in hardhat, safety vest and a backpack full of emergency gear as her introduction to a new effort to identify and train a small army of “evacuation monitors.”

“I need 74 volunteers,” Blacksmith said. “We are a large campus with lots of buildings so I need one for every building and then backups.” The idea, she said, is that every building will have people with knowledge and equipment in the case of an emergency that requires evacuation.

Blacksmith also touched on an upgraded emergency messaging system called Connect 5, online and in-person safety training that is being developed, reviewing options for added door locks and then asking everyone to have a personal emergency preparedness kit at work.

“They used to say three-days, three-ways, that might not be good enough anymore, but anything can help,” she said.

Director of Financial Services Stuart Trippel introduced one new word, ctcLlink, and added some more that warmed the hearts of many longtime college and system employees: “The HP is going away.”

The state uses an antiquated computer system known as the “HP 3000” to keep track of most business and student services. Earlier this year, the state awarded a contract that will bring new technology and new processes to Shoreline and the rest of the state’s colleges.

“Don’t think of ctcLink as an IT project,” Trippel said. “This is a new process project. The biggest issue facing us will be managing the change.”

During the question-and-answer session that followed the presentations, Lambert was asked about the Pima job and whether he would take a raise if the Shoreline Board of Trustees made him a counter offer. Amy Kinsel, faculty union president, asked if he would turn down any offered raise as a sign of solidarity with other employee groups who haven’t had pay increases in recent years.

A group of students holding signs stood behind out-going Student Body Association President Kanpong Thaweesuk as he made a similar request. A student, Sean Prather, also asked Lambert if he would turn down such an offer if made.

“I did not ask the trustees for a raise,” Lambert said. “It is not my intent to seek such a raise. My intent is to stay focused on student success.”

SCC/Jim Hills

* Crime Alert: Car prowls rise, Greenwood lot closing at night

(Note: This article  contains updated information since it was originally posted at 6:30 p.m., May, 8, 2013.)

A spike in car prowls at Shoreline Community College is prompting officials to warn students, staff and visitors as well as institute an evening closure of one of the more remote parking lots at the college.


“We’ve had 22 thefts from cars at the end of 2012 and nine so far this year,” Director of Safety & Security Robin Blacksmith said. The latest reported incident was Tuesday, May 7. “We’ve not had anything like this since I’ve been here.”

Blacksmith said most of the thefts are “smash and grab” types, where the thief sees something of value in the car, smashes a window, grabs the item and runs off. “The best thing people can do is to not leave anything of any possible value visible in the car,” she said. “We’ve had break-ins for the change in the ashtray and a sweater.”

Some of the incidents have been occurring in what is known as the “Greenwood lot,” a less formal, mostly dirt parking lot that is visually removed from the main-campus lots.

Blacksmith said that one recent incident in the Greenwood lot involved possible suspects looking in an SUV with tinted windows, but apparently didn't realize there was a person in the back seat. The occupant, a minor, began banging on the inside of the windows and yelling, scaring the persons away.

 “We are closing the lower Greenwood parking lot at 5:30 p.m. through the rest of spring quarter,” Blacksmith said. The lot is used mostly as overflow during the busiest morning class times. New signs about the evening closure are posted at the lot. If a vehicle does become locked in past 5:30 p.m., the driver can call the on-duty security officer at 206-235-5860 to be let out, she said.

SCC /Jim Hills

* Trustees form retention committee

The Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees has established an “Executive Retention Committee” for the purposes of discussing contract terms with President Lee Lambert.

The Board convened a special meeting at 5 p.m., May 7, 2013 and immediately went into executive session. About an hour later, Board Chair Phil Barrett reconvened the meeting in open session and moved that the committee be formed. Following a second by Trustee Gidget Terpstra, the motion passed on a 4-0 vote with Trustee Tayloe Washburn absent.

During a public comment period following the decision, Shoreline faculty union President Amy Kinsel, classified union chief shop steward Jerry Owens and faculty member DuValle Daniel spoke.

Kinsel and Owens expressed concern and disappointment that the Trustees might be considering a raise for Lambert following years of budget cuts and frozen salaries. Daniel said she was there to support her colleagues and support her president. “All good people; all having a very rough time,” Daniel said.

Lambert is one of four finalists for the position of Chancellor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Lambert has said that he enjoys the work at Shoreline, but was asked to apply at the larger Pima system and decided to look at “helping students and serving communities, on a larger scale.”

Trustee Barrett said at the meeting that the board “wants to have (Lambert) stay” at Shoreline. Barrett added that the new committee, which includes himself and Trustee Shoubee Liaw,  “will meet, work through the process and hopefully have something to report soon.”

SCC/Jim Hills