WWCC Board of Trustees Names Chad Hickox President of the College


I am pleased to announce that the Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees unanimously voted today to appoint Acting President Dr. Chad Hickox the permanent President of the College effective May 20, 2020.  On behalf of the entire Board, I want to share that in this rapidly changing environment, Dr. Hickox has proven he is a trusted leader who is well-qualified and ready to lead through these unprecedented times. The Board appreciated hearing from members of the faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the communities we serve, who supported the selection of Dr. Hickox and asked us to consider his immediate appointment rather than engage in a lengthy, costly search process.


Hickox has served as Walla Walla Community College Acting President since March of 2020. He came to WWCC in February of 2018 as the Vice President of Instruction following an extensive interview process that included two full days of interviews in Walla Walla and Clarkston with a search committee of 24 members drawn from all areas of the College. Since that time, he also has served as the Executive Vice President/Provost from July of 2019 until March of this year.


Prior to coming to Walla Walla, Hickox served as the Chief Academic Officer for a rural community college in Helena, Montana from 2015 to 2018. He has served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and gained valuable experience from 2008 to 2015 when he held a number of increasingly progressive leadership roles at South Seattle College, where he served as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and both Interim and permanent Dean of Academic Programs before being named Chief Strategy and Chief Data Officer. In these roles, he participated with a number of national higher education coalitions, as well as being deeply involved in National Science Foundation grants that focused on promoting women, students of color, socio-economically disadvantaged, and other under-represented students in the STEM fields.


Before becoming a college administrator, Hickox was a tenured Philosophy instructor at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. His Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) led him to study and teach Ethics, Logic, and Political Philosophy, among other topics. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Idaho as a Lawrence Henry Gipson Liberal Arts Honors Scholar with an emphasis in History and Philosophy. He spent several memorable years as an adjunct at numerous colleges and has a profound appreciation for the fact that everyone at a college has an important role to play in meeting the college’s mission.


Please join me in congratulating Chad and supporting him in his new role. As proud Warriors, we believe the future is bright for our students and the entire region. Thank you for being an important part of WWCC’s success.


Tim Burt, Chair

WWCC Board of Trustees