David Beyer, president of Everett Community College in Washington State, says he will retire in June 2019

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Everett Community College president David Beyer to retire in 2019

Everett Community College’s longest-serving president, David Beyer, will retire in June 2019 at the end of the college’s academic year.

Beyer, who was hired at EvCC in 2006, announced his decision at his annual state of the college presentation Sept. 17. He’ll end his career with more than 40 years of higher education experience, including 13 years as EvCC’s president.

“We’re fortunate to have had Dr. Beyer at the helm during a time of significant growth and expansion of opportunities for students in the region,” said Mike Deller, chair of the EvCC Board of Trustees. “His work here has had a positive impact not only on the lives of the students, but the region’s economy as well.”

EvCC trustees are working to establish a timeline for hiring the next president. The hiring process will include participation from college employees and community members.

During Beyer’s tenure, the college has constructed three new academic facilities – Gray Wolf Hall, Liberty Hall and the Walt Price Student Fitness Center – and significantly renovated an existing building to house EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC).

Beyer has focused on increasing enrollment of underrepresented students, students in outlying areas and international students, leading to financial stability for the college. A strong supporter of the college’s equity initiatives, he hired EvCC’s first Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, Maria Peña.

“This college has demonstrated to me the importance of two-year institutions in fostering opportunity for many people to aspire and secure economic mobility in this rapidly changing world. The dedicated and talented people who work here have made this final chapter very special and fulfilling,” Beyer wrote in a letter to the Board of Trustees.

Beyer received the Henry M. Jackson award from Economic Alliance Snohomish County in 2018, was selected as The Herald Business Journal’s Snohomish County Executive of the Year in 2016 and earned the KSER Voice of the Community award in 2011.

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