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Our President


Join Highline College’s Equity First Strategic Planning Core Team

Dr. Mosby and Executive Cabinet are now accepting applications from students, staff, and faculty to join Highline College’s Equity First Strategic Planning Core Team. The application window will be open May 14-28.

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Dr. John Mosby serves as the 7th President of Highline College. Founded in 1961 as the first community college in the King County area of Washington State, Mosby is the first person of color to hold the position as President and has more than 26 years of higher education experience.

His professional history includes rich experiences across a variety of higher educational settings. He has served in undergraduate and graduate admissions, outreach and recruitment, advancement and residential life in the community college, California State University, and private college systems. His work experience also includes that of adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate-, graduate- and doctoral-level courses at the community college and four-year institutions. His research interests are rooted in the belief of servant leadership, social justice, and equity.

A staunch advocate for student and community success, Mosby currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors for Port Jobs of Seattle as well as continuing to serve in various capacities within higher education on committees addressing the areas of fiscal and institutional planning, accreditation, educational policy, enrollment management, equity, and access at both the local and statewide levels. Mosby is the Co-Chair of the Washington Community and Technical Colleges (CTC) President’s Equity Committee, comprised of an executive body of equity-minded leaders committed to advancing and supporting anti-racist policies and practices across Washington state’s CTC system. In addition, Mosby is as an Adjunct Instructor for the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at San Francisco State University.

Mosby holds a Doctorate in philosophy in Leadership/Higher Education Administration from the University of San Diego, a Master’s degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of the Pacific and a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Mary’s College.

Contact email: president@highline.edu

Highline has enjoyed remarkable leadership stability, with only seven permanent presidents during its history, which began in 1961 as the first community college in King County.

Contact Information


John R. Mosby, Ph.D.

Director, Office of the President

Danielle K. Slota
(206) 592-3600

Interim Executive Assistant

Heather McBreen
(206) 592-3200

For scheduling requests, please contact Heather McBreen..

Office location

Building 99, 2nd floor

Office hours

Monday: 11AM–12PM
Zoom Meeting ID: 832-5826-5282
Wednesday: 9AM–10AM
Zoom Meeting ID: 828-7279-9629

Mailing address

Highline College
P.O. Box 98000 M/S 99-248
Des Moines, WA 98198-9800


(206) 592-3779

2020-2021 Goals and Priorities

Dr. Mosby Presented the 2020-2021 goals and priorities to the Highline College Board of Trustees at their summer retreat on July 23, 2020

View 2020-2021 Academic Year Recap & Future Priorities

Presidential Spotlight Series

March 11, 2021 President’s Spotlight Series