Sheila Edwards Lange has been appointed interim president of Seattle Central College. She will assume her duties effective August 17.
The former president, Paul Killpatrick, stepped down at the end of June after five years at the helm of the institution.
In a press release, Seattle College District Chancellor Jill Wakefield said Lange’s “skills, experience, and dedication make her a perfect match for Seattle Central.”
Lange holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington, where she has also served as vice president and vice provost for minority affairs and diversity since 2007. Her UW bio hails her as a “force for diversity,” and notes her efforts to support diverse students and faculty at the university.
Prior to working at the UW, Lange worked at the Seattle College District, both at the main office and at the North Seattle location. “I know the power of community colleges, I know how they transform lives … it’s a great place to work and be impactful in the community,” she told the Seattle Times.
A national search for a permanent president will start this fall.