Shoreline picks four finalists for president

Four finalists have been identified to be the next president of Shoreline Community College.

“That we have four such top-caliber candidates is a testament to the quality of the college and the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students,” Shoubee Liaw, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said following in a statement following a special board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2014.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are:

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Warren Brown

Dr. Warren Brown – Dr. Brown currently serves as Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at Seattle Central Community College. He previously served as Dean for Student Learning at Cascadia Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Speech Communication from Portland State University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington.

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Paula Langteau

Paula T. Langteau – Ms. Langteau is currently Campus Dean and CEO at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, a position she’s held since 2004. Langteau came to UW-Marinette from Nicolet Area Technical College in Rhinelander, Wis., where she was Dean of Instruction.  Prior to serving at Nicolet, she was the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, Ga. Langteau received a B.A. in English, Eureka College, Eureka, Ill., earned an M.A. in English and completed Ph.D. coursework in Literature at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.

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Cheryl Roberts

Dr. Cheryl Roberts – Dr. Roberts currently serves as President of Chemeketa Community College, a multi-campus college based in Salem, Ore. She 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.

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Dennis Rome

Dr. Dennis Rome – Dr. Rome currently serves as the Associate Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis. He previously served as the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., a Master of Arts in Sociology from Howard University, Washington, D.C., and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Washington State University.

The president position became open in June, 2013, when former President Lee Lambert left for the chancellor position at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Leading the college since that time has been Interim President Daryl Campbell. Campbell served as vice president for administrative services at Shoreline since 2008. To ensure an open and competitive search process, the Board of Trustees determined that the interim president wouldn’t be eligible to apply for the permanent position, a common approach in such cases.

The search process began in earnest in September, 2013, when the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to contract with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to conduct a national search. In October, college-wide forums were conducted to gather input on the qualities and qualifications those on campus were looking for in a next president. Once a profile was in hand, the position was advertised and applications began rolling in.

In November and December, a Presidential Search Screening Committee was formed with representatives from across the campus and community. Following the Jan. 3 application deadline, the screening committee members reviewed all applications. Committee members interviewed semi-finalists by phone or Skype and the slate of recommended finalists was then forwarded to the board.

The next step will be to schedule campus visits for each of the finalists. The visits will include in-person interviews and public forums. Feedback from those sessions will be collected and forwarded to the board for use in making a final decision which is expected this spring.

“I really urge people to come and participate in these open public forums and share your thoughts,” Liaw said.  “The sessions will be open to faculty, administrators, staff, students and the general public.”


  1. richard matthews says:

    All four candidates look like a bunch of turkeys, and they are going to lead us? They do not have any background or knowledge of what this community college is about. The last four presidents were absolutely worthless. Lee Lambert from the moment he came here was bucking for another job, it was so obvious, he should have been shown the door long time ago. I think the trustees just rubber stamp anything that comes across there meetings. This is why SCC went from #1 in the 80s to the high teens in community college rankings, no “vision” or leadership qualities.
    The city of Shoreline got some real leaders when they promoted from within, and not getting people from outside who couldn’t care. Why doesn’t SCC do the same, we have enough qualified caring people. All most presidents are, are figureheads any way, and we are wasting $172,000 + on them. They should make $100,000 – $120,000 and give the rest to the teachers.

  2. Samuel Bess says:

    I served four Presidents of SCC since 1992 including several interim candidates. I also represented Classified
    SCC employees at the Board level and was acquainted with
    the board member’s qualifications. With the exception of Past President Lee, it is normative to exclude the Vice President as candidate for practical reasons. I support the Board of Directors in their search for a replacement for Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee was our acting Vice President and we
    did hire from within when he became our President.

    The above allegations made by Mr. Matthews are without substance and clearly base in their attempt to cast ill
    upon the performance of Dr. Lee and his predecessors.
    His comments are disparaging and tantamount to slander
    of a most vicious kind. Comparing the politics of city
    management and the Higher Educational management of State
    assets,is like comparing apples to donuts.

  3. richard matthews says:

    It is amusing that someone associated with the college is not more respectful or tolerant with a diversity of opinion, or believes in “free speech”, trying to silence them by using the word slanderous. That term could be used anytime when you disagree with someone.

    I respect that there will be a difference in opinions.

    I still believe that the past 4 presidents were not the best.

    1) Lambert already stated.
    2) Holly Moore need I say any more(pun)?
    3) Gary Oertli as the Seattle Times said ethically
    challenged in financial transaction.
    4) Forget his name but no standout.

    We need a President that puts the college FIRST and not themselves so that Shoreline Community College can be in the top 3 community colleges in WA, like it use to be.