Ryan Carstens Selected as Next SCC President
Posted: 5/12/2015 3:46:44 PM

Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson announced today she selected Ryan Carstens to serve as the next president for Spokane Community College. He will begin this July.

“Dr. Carstens has the ideal breath of experience and the right leadership style for SCC at this time in its rich history,” Johnson said. “I was fortunate to choose from a strong pool of candidates and am confident he will position SCC for continued success in providing excellent education to our community.”

Carstens is the vice president for academic affairs at New Mexico State University. His experience includes over 30 years of higher education leadership and administration. He and other presidential finalists came to Spokane in April to take part in interviews, panels and public forums that included representation from all campus and district constituencies.

“Dr. Johnson has assembled outstanding leaders at the Community Colleges of Spokane and it is an honor to be selected to join the team,” Carstens said. “Spokane Community College is a great college and serves an essential educational mission in the region. My wife and I look forward to moving to one of the most beautiful areas in the country and becoming part of the community.”

During his visit to Spokane, Carstens not only toured the nearly 150-acre main SCC campus, but also spent time visiting the urban and rural learning centers to learn about the educational services that spread across a six-county region.

“As I visited the various centers in the Spokane metro area and the extension sites in Newport, Ione, Colville, Republic, and Inchelium, I was so impressed with how energetic and committed the faculty and staff are, and I observed this consistently at every location,” he said.  “It was clear to me that the college faculty and staff are committed to the college mission, and I could see that they genuinely love the work they do to support student success.”

Prior to his position in New Mexico, Carstens served as the associate provost for education and community partnerships at Salt Lake Community College. Carstens also held academic leadership roles in Texas for over 12 years, leading an accreditation quality enhancement plan for the Lone Star College System and serving as dean of educational services, educational initiatives and technology services.  He earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin and his master of science in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. He also received his bachelor of science in German from Oklahoma State University.

Current SCC President Scott Morgan has been serving as president since July 2012 and has been with the community college district since 2003 in key leadership roles. He will be retiring this fall.

About Community Colleges of Spokane:

Community Colleges of Spokane is a dynamic, 12,302-square-mile state college district made up of two accredited colleges, Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. Together, SCC and SFCC offer programs at more than 100 sites throughout Eastern Washington, enrolling almost 31,000 students of all ages and origins in 2013-2014. CCS serves residents living in Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman, Ferry and portions of Lincoln counties.

SCC has more than 18,000 students and about 1,000 faculty and staff working at the nearly 150-acre campus and rural learning centers. In addition to career/technical programs and liberal arts transfer degrees, SCC also provides adult basic education and English-as-a-second-language educational programs.

Note to Editors: High Resolution Image of Ryan Carstens available. Contact Carolyn.casey@ccs.spokane.edu.

Posted: 5/12/2015 3:46:44 PM by Global Administrator
Tags: PressRelease, SCC
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