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Cheryl Roberts selected to be next president of Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington

Shoreline Community College April 22, 2014

Cheryl Roberts presidential choice at Shoreline Community College

Dr. Cheryl Roberts is the choice to be the next president of Shoreline Community College.

On a motion by Trustee Tayloe Washburn, the Board on Monday, April 21, 2014 voted unanimously to offer the position to Roberts “subject to negotiations.” Those talks are scheduled to start Tuesday, April 22 and could be wrapped up by the time the board meets again on Wednesday, April 23 in its regular monthly meeting.

“I think we are getting one of the great ones,” Trustee Phil Barrett said following the vote.

Board Chair Shoubee Liaw said, “I’m sure we will have our campus behind Dr. Roberts just as our board is now.”

Roberts is currently president at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., a position she’s held since 2007. Roberts previously served as Vice President for Instruction at South Seattle Community College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University, a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration in Higher

Education from Ohio State University and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a premier college that is focused on students and student achievement,” she said by phone from Oregon. “There’s an indomitable spirit at Shoreline.”

Since June, 2013, the campus has been under the leadership of Interim President Daryl Campbell, who took over when Lee Lambert left for Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Campbell had been the Vice President for Academic Services since 2008.

“I congratulate the board and the college on the selection of Dr. Roberts as Shoreline’s next president,” Campbell said by e-mail while on an extended trip in Asia for college business. “Her knowledge of Washington’s community college system, vision and long track record of success at Chemeketa combine to create exactly the right formula to propel Shoreline Community College forward.

“I will work closely with Dr. Roberts over the next few months to assist a seamless transition.”

The unanimous Board vote for Roberts was 4-0 with Catherine D’Ambrosio absent due to illness. “While Catherine is ill and not able to be with us, she has sent a message that she fully supports Dr. Roberts,” Board Chair Liaw said.
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