Christian Bruhn, Centralia College’s new dean of academic transfer, is excited to be part of a college that is closely connected to its community.
After working at urban community colleges in the greater Seattle area, Bruhn said he is ready for a change.
“I wanted something more rural…to be part of a college that serves its county and community,” he said.
Seeing the positive community involvement at Centralia College for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic on July 11-12 confirmed for Bruhn that Centralia is the right place for him.
The mountains and rivers of rural Lewis County were also a big draw for the outdoor enthusiast. Bruhn, who recently moved to Centralia, is looking forward to spending time hiking, swimming, and mountain climbing in the area.
A Pacific Northwest native, Bruhn attended the University of Washington and later transferred to Central Washington University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science. Currently, he is working on his doctorate through Oregon State University. His dissertation focuses on community college leadership.
Bruhn has experience both as a professor and program director at community colleges in the Seattle area. He most recently served as the director of business development at the Redmond branch of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
As CC’s new dean of academic transfer, Bruhn oversees all academic transfer courses and programs. He’s looking forward to directly supporting student success and “having a positive impact on students, their academic pathways, and the direction they want to go in their future.”