Our 1st Class - the Academy Class of 2001

Mary Averett

Mary Averett Mary Averett joined WELA serving as Dean of Instruction and District Director, Business and Community Training, at the Institute for Extended Learning in the Community Colleges of Spokane. Mary has participated in several of the cutting edge developments in community colleges over the last decade, including creating a center for dislocated workers, running a program for women choosing nontraditional careers and developing the concept and programs for a successful business and industry training center. Mary also worked as a manager of training and community relations in the mental health field. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Workforce Development and an M.S. in Developmental and Applied Psychology, together with a B.S. in Developmental Psychology. Mary brings strong experience in workforce development, has worked at both the campus and district levels, and is interested in a VP Workforce and Economic Development position or a presidency.

Bob Bell

Bob Bell Bob Bell joined WELA as the Vice President for Student Services at South Puget Sound College. Since then he has accepted a VP of Student Services position in California. Prior to coming to Washington State in 1999, Bob held student services positions that provided him background in both the admissions/records and the student affairs sides of student services. Bob brings an interesting array of administrative experience garnered in community colleges, private higher education (Harvey Mudd College) and the University of California and California State University systems. In his short time at South Puget Sound he has built a cohesive student services team from one that was fragmented due to leadership turnover. Bob has also served as a faculty member in education and psychology. Bob holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and an M.A. in counseling, together with a B.A. in Government. He is interested in a presidency.

Ed Brewster

Ed Brewster Ed Brewster joined WELA as Executive Vice President for Extended Learning at Pierce College. Ed brings varied experience in instruction, having directed basic skills, developmental education, workforce, contract training, military programs, corrections education, elearning, international education and continuing education. He has also served as a chief student services officer, all at Pierce College. Ed has also served as a counselor and teacher. In 2004, Ed became president at Grays Harbor College. He holds an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership, an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science, and a B.A. in Political Science/Education.

Mary M. Carr

Mary M. Carr Mary M. Carr joined WELA as Dean of Instructional Services and Telecommunications at Spokane Community College. Mary brings an interesting background from library and information services, beginning her career as a librarian and Latin teacher, and moving up to directing library services at two different institutions. Along the way she added responsibilities for the quick-changing areas of distance learning, campus-wide technology planning, instructional technology and web development. Mary has gained her experience at multiple institutions, both two-year and baccalaureate, private and public, and in multiple states, with experience in Idaho and Washington. Mary holds a M.S. in Human Resources Management, M.S. of Librarianship and a B.A. in Latin. Mary is interested in VP level positions with responsibility for distance learning, technology and/or systems administration.

Scott Morgan

Scott Morgan Scott Morgan began WELA familiar to many in the system as the Director of Financial Services at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Scott began his career as a Washington State legislative staffer, working as a fiscal analyst for the Ways and Means Committee, and later as Senior Research Analyst doing program research for the Higher Education and Natural Resources Committees. He joined the Community and Technical College system in 1985 and has served as the director of financial services since 1986. Scott brings extensive knowledge of the financial and legislative workings of the system and has worked with all constituent groups in the system to increase understanding and improve the systems that support college finances. Scott holds a M.B.A. and a B.A. in Business Administration. Scott was interested in bringing his expertise and his candid humor to a campus as either a VP or President, and in Spring 2002, became VP of Administrative Services at Clark College.

Joe Renouard

Joe Renouard Joe Renouard joined WELA as Interim Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at Shoreline Community College. He is currently Executive Director for Grants and Contracts at Shoreline. Joe brings a strong background in workforce development, having managed grants and contracts, WorkFirst and Worker Retraining, and provided advising, teaching and program development for several disadvantaged populations. Joe brings both public and private sector experience, having directed the operation of a private career college and a federally funded manpower training program. Joe's success in the Job Ladder welfare-to-work program led to national recognition and the opportunity to assist in replicating the program throughout the country. Joe holds a M.A. in Education and a B.A. degree in Coordinated Studies, along with certificates in Labor Market Information Planning and Program Design, Implementation and Planning. Joe's immediate interest is in a VP position in Workforce and Economic Development.

Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith Nicola Smith began WELA as the Associate Dean, Office of Student Life, at Edmonds Community College. In her time at Edmonds Community College she has gathered experience with international programs, student programs and an array of student areas such as the student union operations, student government, athletics, childcare and student housing. Prior to coming to Edmonds Community College, she worked with international students at the University of Washington and managed a federal grant to coordinate international youth exchanges. Nicola is an excellent administrator and a respected member of her college leadership team. She holds an M.A. in Administration and Leadership for Adult Education and a B.A. in Danish Language and Literature. Nicola is interested in a Vice President of Student Services position. She is currently Senior Associate Dean of Student Life and Development at Edmonds.

Jim Walton

Jim Walton Jim Walton started WELA as Vice President of Workforce Education at Peninsula College. Jim brings a strong background as a faculty member in fisheries at both the community college and university levels. A much-admired teacher and fisheries professional, he has enjoyed his transition to administration where he served as the Dean of Professional Technical Education prior to his current position. He gained interesting state-level experience serving on the state Fish and Wildlife Commission as well as the Washington State Game Commission. In addition to workforce education, Jim.s current responsibilities include adult basic education, ESL, family life education and contract training. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries Management, and a M.S. in Natural Resource Management. Jim is interested in a presidency. In July 2002, Jim became President of Centralia College.