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Walla Walla Community College initiates search for new president


March 12, 2020

WALLA WALLA–Tim Burt, Walla Walla Community College Board Chair has announced that the Board has accepted the resignation of President Derek Brandes, effective immediately.

Dr. Brandes has serviced the College well but now desires to focus on his health at this time.

“The Board will facilitate a smooth transition and has named Dr. Chad Hickox as Acting President effective today,” said Burt.

Acting President Hickox has 24 years in higher education, of which 22 have been in community colleges; 12 years as a community college administrator; and two years at WWCC as Vice President/Provost. The Board has asked Dr. Hickox to join its effort to focus immediately on these three areas: Ensure that the budget is balanced and build back reserves; Implement a strategic student recruitment and retention plan; Build a high-functioning, transparent team.

Students, faculty, staff, community partners, and stakeholders must know where the College is headed and have their voices heard along the way.

The Board will soon select an Interim President who will serve while it conducts a search for a new leader to take WWCC into a strong, sustainable future.


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