Peninsula College names finalists for next president


PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College officials have narrowed their list for the school’s next president to four.

Administrators announced their selection of finalists for the presidency on Wednesday — three from the Interstate 5 corridor and a fourth from Austin, Texas.

The new president will be announced at the end of April and is expected to begin work on July 1.

Prior to that, public forums are scheduled for the weeks of April 11 and April 18.

Each contestant will participate in three forums – one for faculty and staff, one for students, and one for community members – all in one day.

The forums will be held in room J-47 at the university campus in Port Angeles, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., with a maximum capacity of 50 people. They will also be accessible virtually.

“We invite and encourage everyone to participate in the open forums; no RSVP is required,” College officials said in a news release.

Each forum will feature a brief presentation of each nominee, followed by a Q&A session.

Individuals participating in the Candidate Forums will be invited to provide feedback to the Board of Directors via an online survey.

The new president will take the position currently held by Luke Robins, who has led Peninsula College since July 2012. He plans to retire at the end of 2021-22.

His annual salary in 2020 was $140,600 according to

Peninsula College held community forums in November to help develop a presidential profile to use for recruiting.

The candidates

Here is information on the four finalists for President of Peninsula College.

• Suzanne Ames is currently Vice President of Education at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland.

Previously associate vice president of education at the same school, Ames earned a doctorate in education in educational leadership for change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif., and an MBA in marketing from the City University of Seattle.

She also held two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in communications and political science, from the University of Washington.

• Melissa Curtis is Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management for the Austin Community College District in Austin, Texas.

She previously served as Dean of Student Affairs for Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus, also in Austin.

Curtis earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts in oral traditions in African-American literature. from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY

• Kristen Jones most recently, he served as Provost, Acting President, and Acting Vice President of Human Resources at Bellevue College.

She previously worked as Vice President of Education at North Seattle College in Seattle.

Jones earned a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership and a Master of Science in Counseling from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Gerontology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

• Kerry Levett is Vice President for Student Learning and Success at Cascadia College in Bothell.

She previously worked as the Executive Dean of Student Affairs at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.

Levett earned a doctorate in education in higher and post-secondary education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, a master of arts in education from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and a bachelor of arts in Christian education from the Westminster College. in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the nominees, see the college’s presidential finalists page at Email Questions to Ask Final Applicants [email protected]

Suzanne Ames.

Melissa Curtis.

Melissa Curtis.



Kerry Levet.

Kerry Levet.


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