Today the Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President Derek Brandes effective immediately. We thank Dr. Brandes for his service to the College and appreciate his desire to focus on his health at this time. The Board will facilitate a smooth leadership transition and has named Dr. Chad Hickox as Acting President. We will select an Interim President soon, who will serve while the Board conducts a search for a new leader to take WWCC into a strong, sustainable future.
Acting President Hickox has 24 years in higher education, 22 of which have been in community colleges; 12 years as a community college administrator; two years at WWCC as Vice President/Provost; and a member of the Executive Leadership Team since its inception. The Board has asked Dr. Hickox to join our effort to focus immediately on these three areas:
- Ensure that the budget is balanced and build back reserves.
- Implement a strategic student recruitment and retention plan.
- Build a high-functioning, transparent team. Students, faculty, staff, community partners, and contributors must know where the College is headed and have their voices heard along the way.
We must not forget that Walla Walla Community College has delivered educational and economic opportunities for students and the communities we serve for more than 50 years. WWCC will continue to be a strong presence and a significant contributor to the regional economy and we look forward to working together with all of you to help implement this strategic direction.