Our President

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Our President


Dr. John Mosby became Highline’s seventh president in July 2018. His appointment came after a 10-month national search by the college’s Board of Trustees, following the retirement of Dr. Jack Bermingham.

He has more than 23 years of higher education experience and holds a doctorate in leadership/higher education administration from the University of San Diego.

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

Contact Information


John R. Mosby, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the President

Danielle K. Slota
(206) 592-3600

Administrative Assistant

Amy Snydar
(206) 592-3200

For scheduling requests, please contact Amy Snydar.

Office location

Building 99, 2nd floor

Office hours

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mailing address

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


(206) 592-3779

Dear Highline College Students:

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing summer. This is always my favorite time of year — seeing students walk across campus, chatting with fellow students and meeting with our wonderful staff and faculty. Seeing community come together always warms my heart.

And as your new President, I’m humbled and proud to welcome everyone to the 2018–2019 academic year. Our institution attracted me for a variety of reasons. First it was the beauty of the campus. Yes, the trees, views of the sound are quite lovely and often breathtaking. But I saw the beauty in the diversity makeup of our students, staff and faculty. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by thoughts, beliefs, traditions, voices and communities that represent our entire world. Highline is a unique, special place that guides and transforms communities, giving voice, power and pride to all its members. I hope as we follow this journey together over the next academic year you allow Highline to challenge your views and perspectives through your learning and achievements.

I urge you to learn about the numerous programs and opportunities here at Highline College. Clubs, services, events, sports, amazing staff and faculty and the best students in Washington — Highline College defines community and opportunity.

I want to hear from you throughout the year. I want you to be bold, lead throughout kindness, respect and commitment and find your voice here on campus. It’s necessary and welcomed as Highline College remains driven to student advocacy and creating clear and powerful pathways for our students to succeed and soar. And to guide us, I’m reminded of James Baldwin, my favorite writer who said “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

I’m excited and proud of you. And above all, I’m committed to your success.

John R. Mosby, Ph.D.