At a special meeting April 4, the Centralia College Board of Trustees identified three finalists for college president.
Each finalist will be on campus for one day the week of April 11 to participate in three open forums, tour the campus, and meet with student leaders. Those dates will be announced as soon as possible.
Derek Brandes has been the vice president of instruction at Green River College in Auburn since 2012. He previously served five years (2007-12) as the dean of career and technical education and health sciences, and five years (2002-07) as the assistant dean of student success and retention, both at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. He has a PhD in educational leadership and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communications, all from Washington State University.
Bob Mohrbacher has been the vice president of instruction and student services at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake since 2010. He previously served one year (2008-09) as interim vice president for learning and student success at Pierce College Puyallup. He was a faculty member at Pierce College Puyallup for nine years (1997-06), serving both as English department coordinator for four years (2000-04) and division chair for business, arts, and humanities for four years (2006-10). He has a PhD in education and community college leadership from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in creative writing from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington.
Virginia Tomlinson has been the vice president of instruction at Columbia Basin College in Pasco since 2014. She served as the dean of arts and sciences for one year before becoming the vice president. She previously served as the dean of instruction at Spokane Community College from 2008 to 2013, and the director of the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in New Wilmington, Penn., from 2005 to 2008. She has a PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama).