named president of Community Colleges of Spokane in Washington state
March 15, 2019
Kimberlee Messina to lead Community Colleges of Spokane
Community Colleges of Spokane, the governing district in charge of SFCC and Spokane Community College, has selected Kimberlee Messina to be the next president. Messina is coming from California, where she was interim vice president of instruction at Clovis Community College.
"She was our top choice," says Christine Johnson, chancellor for Community Colleges of Spokane. "She's got very rich experience at multiple colleges and her references at every place were very solid."
Messina was one of three finalists for the job. The other two finalists were Mark Smith, vice president for educational services at Temple College in Texas, and Peter Maphumulo, vice president for student services at Victor Valley College in California. Messina was a finalist in other community college presidential jobs as well, including at Santa Fe Community College, Chemeketa Community College and Central Oregon Community College, according to news reports.
Messina, described in an SFCC press release as a "strong supporter of student success and equity," is herself a first-generation college graduate. Johnson says that's important because a "large percentage" of community college students in Spokane are first-generation students.