Dr. Chad Hickox has served as Walla Walla Community College Acting President since March, 2020. He came to WWCC in February, 2018 as the Vice President of Instruction, following an extensive interview process including two full days of interviews in Walla Walla and Clarkston, and a search committee with 24 members drawn from all areas of the College. It was a marvelous introduction to the collaborative culture of WWCC, and a great way to meet a wide variety of staff and students in a very short time. Since that time he also has served as the Executive Vice President/Provost, from July, 2019 until March, 2020.
Chad’s professional experience in higher education spans 24 years and numerous roles and positions within several colleges across the country. Prior to coming to Walla Walla, he served from 2015 to 2018 as the Chief Academic Officer at a rural community college in Helena, Montana. That role was equivalent to the Vice President of Instruction in the Washington CTC system, but with different terminology. He served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), as well as conducting and leading a number of accreditation visits around the Pacific Northwest.
From 2008 to 2015 Chad held a number of increasingly progressive leadership roles at South Seattle College. Hired as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, he was quickly promoted to Interim Dean of Academic Programs, then served as permanent Dean for nearly 5 years. Subsequently, for two years he occupied the newly-created position of Chief Strategy and Chief Data Officer, overseeing institutional strategic planning, environmental scanning, program review and assessment, reporting, and data governance. He also was responsible for leading discussions with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that resulted in a grant called “Project Finish Line,” that represented a partnership with several Puget Sound colleges, along with WWCC which was a lead contributor. He has worked on various projects with other national groups including the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement; the Community College Research Center (CCRC); the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT); the Institute for Systems Biology; the Carnegie Foundation; the Education Advisory Board (EAB); and the National Science Foundation (NSF). With the NSF he was not only a Principal investigator/co-Principal Investigator on two multi-million dollar NSF grants promoting women, students of color, socio-economically disadvantaged, and other under-represented students in the STEM fields, but he was also a frequent grant reviewer for similar proposals.
Prior to embarking on an administrative career, Chad 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 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.
Chad lives in Walla Walla with his wife and two sons.