President McGavick Announces Retirement

September  16, 2010

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KIRKLAND, WA - Lake Washington Technical College President Dr. Sharon McGavick announced her intention to retire effective January 15, 2011.

McGavick, SharonDr. McGavick informed the college's Board of Trustees of her decision at their regularly scheduled meeting on September 13. Sharon has led Lake Washington Technical College since December 2007.

"I originally came for a year, and because of the faculty, staff, and Board, I stayed for three," she said. "This is something I have thought long and hard about. I have enjoyed every minute and want to thank everyone for their honesty, commitment to the mission of the school and good work and support of me and the college."

Said Sang I. Chae, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, "It is with deep sadness that the Board accepts Sharon's retirement. She has been a leader of exceptional vision and passion and has worked tirelessly to ensure our college remained on the leading edge when it came to providing for our students, faculty and staff."

Since assuming the presidency, Dr. McGavick has overseen several changes to LWTC. Among the highlights:

  • Implemented the first baccalaureate degree offered by a technical college in Washington
  • Expanded offerings at the college's branch campuses in Redmond and Duvall
  • Oversaw the construction of an 83,000-square foot Allied Health Building, scheduled for completion in time for Fall Quarter 2011
  • Introduced instructional programs Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Funeral Service Education, Esthetician, Massage Practitioner and Wine Technology in response to market demands
  • Intensified international outreach, resulting in an electronics lab sponsored by ED, Co., Ltd, a Korean Company and a sister school partnership with the Korea Polytechnic Organization (KOPO).

LWTC currently offers 40 degree programs on three campuses, has over 250 experienced faculty members and serves more than 4,000 students each year. The main campus is located in Kirkland, WA, with branch campuses in Redmond, WA, and Duvall, WA.

Dr. McGavick came to LWTC after 10 years (1997-2006) as president of Clover Park Technical College in Tacoma. A Northwest native, she has over 30 years experience serving the community in education and politics. She has been a teacher at all levels of education and an administrator for several high schools and community colleges.

In the political arena, Dr. McGavick was a member of the Tacoma City Council for 10 years and Deputy Mayor of Tacoma in 2002, where she was an outspoken advocate for economic development and the arts.

Dr. McGavick received her Bachelor of Science, Master's, and Ed.D. in Education from Oregon State University.

She has been honored many times for her leadership efforts, including:

  • Earl Norman Leadership Award in Community Colleges - 2001
  • Woman of Influence Business Examiner Award - 2003
  • President of the Community College President's Association - 2004
  • Pierce County (WA) Association for Vocational Educators Distinguished Service Award - 2006

Chairman Chae indicated the Board is working to develop the process to identify and hire a new president.

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