Dan Fey named Dean of Workforce

Dan Fey will be the new Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education at Shoreline Community College.

“I’m very pleased that Dan is joining our team here at Shoreline,” said Interim President Daryl Campbell. “Dan’s extensive experience in the workforce environment and his abilities to see opportunities for partnerships and then forge those alliances will not only help our students be successful, but also help our communities prosper.”

Fey has served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC), where he has worked since 2000.  He started with the WDC as strategic initiatives manager, where he lead a team of planners and oversaw WDC grant-making activities.  He went on to the Director of Advancement position where he added responsibilities for advocacy efforts as well as forming strategic partnerships.   In 2009, Fey became the COO for the WDC, overseeing staff and work plans at the WDC under the leadership of Marlena Sessions, CEO for the WDC.  Fey’s most recent work at the WDC has focused on Chief Program duties, leading WDC initiatives for youth, industry sector planning, and community partnerships.

“The community and technical college system offers a great opportunity for students to get on a pathway to self-sufficiency,” Fey said. “The skills they get can also satisfy the employer-base across the region.”

At the WDC, Fey has been involved in funding such programs at Shoreline and other colleges and service providers. Now, he’ll be the one implementing the programs and looking for funding.

“I have a deep respect for Shoreline’s staff and programming,” said Fey, who has been on the campus several times in his WDC roles. “While I have much to learn from Shoreline’s expertise, I believe I have much to give the college, its staff and its students.”

Fey earned a BA in English from the University of Washington and received a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Michigan. He came back to the UW for a Master’s in Public Administration and is currently enrolled in Doctor of Education program at Northeastern University – Seattle.

While Fey will start full-time on Feb. 24, 2014, he will begin a planned transition representing the college at an American Association of Community Colleges conference in late January and initial introductions and planning before his full-time start date.

Current Workforce Dean Dave Cunningham, who is retiring, and Workforce Program manager Fikru Diro will continue to provide ongoing leadership in the Workforce division and play key roles in Fey’s transition to the college.

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