Clark College Leadership
Clark College President
Dr. Karin Edwards, President
Dr. Karin Edwards is currently President of the Clark College, where she is responsible for providing vision and strategic direction for the college. As the chief executive officer, she has oversight for all programmatic, instructional, financial and student support services. Dr. Edwards is very active in community outreach and engagement, and workforce development. She plays a critical role in creating promising pathways for students and ensuring equitable student success. Before arriving in Portland in 2014, Dr. Edwards worked in the Connecticut and New York State Community College systems.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Education Administration both from the State University of New York at Albany. She also earned a doctorate in Education Leadership from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Edwards has over 35 years of experience in higher education administration and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the mission of community colleges, which has three primary areas of focus. Community colleges provide access to quality education and training, promote economic and community development, and respond to local and regional workforce needs. Equity is also inherent in the mission of community colleges. Dr. Edwards has championed diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout her career.
Karin is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the South Bronx. For leisure, she enjoys reading, attending cultural events, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and dining out at the fantastic restaurants. She also enjoys giving back to her community by serving on various boards.
As a long-time educator, she has witnessed the transformational power that community colleges have in the lives of students and in the communities they serve.
Clark College Executive Cabinet
William Belden, Vice President of Student Affairs
William Belden joined Clark College as Vice President of Student Affairs in August 2010 after serving for 15 years at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. While at Green River, Belden worked in various capacities with the most recent being Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management. He has spent 20 years working in community colleges, 12 of those years in college administration.
Throughout his career he has committed himself to "maintaining meaningful contacts and interactions with students" and believes "all members of the college community benefit from understanding the personal strengths, challenges, and dreams of our students."
He began his higher education career as a student leader at Eastern Washington University, where he served as president of the student government association. Belden served as a counselor and instructor at Northern Marianas College, in Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), from 1990–1993. A majority of his time was devoted to working with federally funded TRIO programs geared toward providing academic assistance to low-income, first-generation college students.
His statewide credits include service as the past president of the Washington Council for High School-College Relations and 10 years on their board of directors. He serves on the Washington State Student Services Commission (WSSSC) and as their liaison to the Transfer Policy Group, Technology Committee, and Financial Aid Council.
Belden received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University, a master's degree in student personnel administration from Western Washington University, and a certificate in career development from University of Washington.
As Vice President, Belden believes his role is to help build and support strong institutional partnerships between student affairs, instruction, and administration to support success for all students. "I am very excited to join the leadership team at Clark College," he said. "This college has a long history of providing exceptional educational programs, student services, and lifelong learning opportunities to the community."
Dr. Sachi Horback, Vice President of Instruction
Dr. Sachi Horback was appointed Vice President of Instruction at Clark College in July 2018. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Horback served as the District Dean for Business and Social Sciences at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education both as a tenured faculty member in psychology and as an administrator, with experience in outcomes assessment, eLearning, and professional development.
During her educational career, Dr. Horback has demonstrated a commitment to improving student success and providing equitable opportunities for students. In her role at Pierce College, she led focused, collaborative endeavors to grow and strengthen both transfer and professional-technical programs, utilizing expertise and knowledge within the college community and with industry partners.
As an administrator and licensed psychologist, Dr. Horback has given presentations and has facilitated regional and national trainings related to equity within organizational leadership, systems thinking, assessment, and pathways. Her most recent innovation has been to spearhead the Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program, a successful statewide program that continues to support faculty. For her leadership, she was given the Bernice Joseph Award by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), given annually for the best academic-leadership resource developed for the WICHE Academic Leaders Toolkit.
Kelly Love, Chief Communications Officer
Kelly Love joined Clark College in March 2019. She has a wide range of communications experience. Before coming to Clark College, she worked as a public relations specialist at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Legacy Cancer Institute for three years. Before that, she served five years as CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Love also served as U.S. Representative Brian Baird’s District Director from 2005 to 2010. She began her career as a broadcast news reporter at KGW-TV in Portland.
A longtime resident of Vancouver, Love is an alumna of Clark College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University Vancouver. She currently serves on the boards of Columbia Credit Union, and Pink Lemonade Project. Additionally, she has served on the boards of The Children's Center, the Association of Washington Business, Southwest Washington Workforce Development, Leadership Clark County, Cascadia Tech Academy and the Council for the Homeless of Clark County Washington.
Valerie Moreno, Chief Information Officer
Valerie Moreno is Clark College's first full-time Chief Information Officer and brings more than 30 years of IT leadership to the college. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Network and Communication Management from DeVry University as well as several professional certifications, including certificates in Incident Command, Project Management, and ITIL.
Prior to Clark, Moreno was the Director of Information Technology at Portland Community College. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing PCC’s network engineering, server administration, private cloud services, information security, NOC, data center, and voice teams supporting more than 87,000 faculty, staff, and students. She was responsible for daily operational oversight as well as for helping to create information-security policies and providing strategic direction for the college.
Moreno’s other previous work experience includes Northwestern University in Chicago, AT&T, and QWEST Communications, among others. In the community, Moreno serves on the board of directors for Centro Cultural, a nonprofit serving the Latino community of Portland. She also has served on the board of several Chicago-based organizations, including Chicago Women in Trades and Girls in the Game, a nonprofit sports and leadership program. She was named Mentor of the Year by the Youth Job Center of the nonprofit Women Invested in Learning and Livelihoods (WILL).
Rashida Willard, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Rashida Willard is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Clark College. Throughout her career, she has been able to develop and oversee initiatives that help promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
With twenty years’ experience in risk mitigation, she consistently brings an equity framework to her management and leadership style as well as her daily interactions. In 2011, as a part of the founding DEI team at The Standard, she identified and launched programs for new employees of color, developed strategies to retain qualified employees and worked to create an effective networking channel strategically aligned to The Standard’s diversity and inclusion goals. These efforts included: equity consultation with all levels of the organization, events, training, awareness and communication around diversity, equity and inclusion.
At Clark College, Rashida is committed to creating culturally engaging spaces for systemically non-dominant employees and students, as well as encouraging development for all people across the learning continuum. In the community, she is a strong advocate for historically underserved populations.
Rashida was a participant and graduate of Social Justice Leadership Institute for the Washington State Community College System for 2017-2018 and was nominated as a Real Hero for the Learn Here Project in 2018. She is also a part of the Vancouver Police Chief’s Diversity Advisory Team.
Rashida holds a Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and an Associate in Organizational Dynamics. She is currently attending Concordia University, pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Professional Leadership, Inquiry and Transformation. Her current research explores how the campus racial climate affects students of color attending predominantly white institutions and their persistence and completion rates. This research will be used to examine and identify strategies to close the equity gap among students of color in higher education.
Bob Williamson, Vice President of Administrative Services
Bob Williamson brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to his role as vice president of Administrative Services at Clark College.
Previous to coming to Clark, Williamson served as administrative services manager and was promoted to deputy director of Clark County Public Health. At Public Health, Williamson oversaw all administrative functions including budget development, financial reporting and forecasting, human resources, labor relations, facilities, information services, and grants and contract management. As deputy director, he managed the health assessment, evaluation and outreach units and served on the department’s leadership team.
His management experience also includes four years as Executive Director of Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (Vancouver) and six years as director of the City of Vancouver’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Bob Williamson graduated from Fort Steilacoom Community College in Tacoma with an Associate of Arts degree. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science at Western Washington University.
He has been a member of the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP, served as chair of the Clark County Community Network, and has been active with the National Head Start Association and the Public Health Executive Leadership Forum.
Williamson said he’s proud to serve the community in his role at Clark College. “I had the fortune of working with Clark College as a partner in my previous work experience in the county,” he said. “It is exciting to now be part of an institution that plays such an important role in the vitality and livability of our community.”