Bermingham Named President Emeritus
Highline College trustees have voted on a president, although not a future one, as has been the recent focus, but a past one. During a Nov. 16 meeting, trustees voted to appoint Dr. Jack Bermingham as president emeritus.
The honorary distinction recognizes his more than 22 years of distinguished service to the college.
Bermingham retired in August after serving more than a decade as president.
The appointment was made official by a resolution. Trustees said the resolution’s intent was to express their appreciation for his leadership and accomplishments.
While largely honorary, the title does come with some benefits, including a campus parking pass and continuation of his college email account.
Two of Highline’s five other permanent presidents also hold the honorary title: Dr. Shirley Gordon (1976–1990) and Dr. Edward Command (1990–2000).
The college has had six permanent presidents since its founding in 1961.
Highline College, District 9
(Pertaining to Appointment of Dr. Jack Bermingham as President Emeritus)
WHEREAS, Dr. Jack Bermingham has served Highline College as the Vice President of Academic Affairs since 1994 and as President of the College from 2006 through August 2017, and
WHEREAS, Dr. Bermingham has rendered distinguished service to the College, to the Community, and to Higher Education on behalf of the Trustees, the faculty, the staff and students of the College,
WHEREAS, he has provided excellent leadership toward the mission of the College and contributed generously of his expertise to the College and its leadership team,
WHEREAS, he has expanded the development of College partnerships with both national and international higher education institutions, and community organizations, and
WHEREAS, he has been a steadfast advocate for access and inclusivity and served as a national leader within organizations such as Community Colleges for International Development, Association of American Colleges and Universities Global Initiatives, Council on Foreign Relations, and locally on the Trade Development Alliance, as well as numerous roles in the task forces of the Washington Association of Community and Technical College Presidents,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees on behalf of themselves and the administration of Highline College express their heartfelt appreciation and high regard for Dr. Bermingham’s service to the College, the Board of Trustees wishes to grant the title of President Emeritus to Dr. Bermingham in recognition of his legacy to the College.
PASSED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES this 16th day of November 2017.
The resolution was adopted by the college’s five-member board: Debrena Jackson Gandy, chair, Dan Altmayer, Fred Mendoza, Bob Roegner and Sili Savusa.