11/30/2016 Washington State Community College announced in a news release today that President Bradley Ebersole plans to retire.
Ebersole, the sixth president in the school's 45-year history, has held the post since 2011.
The Washington State board of trustees will initiate a process for identifying Ebersole’s successor in the coming weeks.
During Ebersole's tenure, he guided the school through two campus master plans and oversaw significant upgrades to college facilities and programs.
“When I was offered the position as president of Washington State Community College in 2011, I was full of anticipation as to the impact the College could have on the community and on individual students," he said in the news release. "I am an ardent believer in the mission of the community college. It has been gratifying to be engaged in leading and actualizing that mission here at WSCC, seeing first-hand the impact we have on lives. We do so much good for everyone who steps foot on this campus. As a result, the College legacy is lasting."
Ebersole has dedicated more than four decades to higher education. He came to WSCC after serving as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Baton Rouge Community College. During that time, he helped lead BRCC in growth and was involved with institutional recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
His roots in academia began at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he worked for nearly 30 years. His career progressed from teaching to administration, culminating as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Learning and Student Development.
Ebersole’s experience also includes his work abroad, both teaching and consulting, highlighted by two years in Japan and a year in Europe.
Upon retirement, Ebersole and his wife Gail, a retired public school administrator, plan to live closer to and spend much more time with their grown children and three granddaughters.
“I look forward to this next chapter in my life focusing more on family yet continuing to be a contributing member of a community,” he said.