February 25, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
EMBRACING THE FUTURE
During the college’s 75th anniversary, Shanda Diehl and Bob Williamson
have joined Clark College’s leadership team
VANCOUVER, Wash. – As Clark College celebrates its 75th anniversary, it has welcomed two new members to its leadership team. Shanda Diehl has been named associate vice president of Planning and Effectiveness. Bob Williamson has joined the college as vice president of Administrative Services.
As associate vice president of Planning and Effectiveness at Clark College, Shanda Diehl is responsible for Institutional Research, Grants Development, College Strategic Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness. She also serves as both the Accreditation and Legislative Liaison for the college.
As vice president of Administrative Services, Bob Williamson is responsible for fiscal, facility, security, and information technology management. His responsibilities include the annual and capital college budgets, facility and real estate management and planning, fiscal services, information technology services, emergency planning, safety and security, and auxiliary services (including bookstore, printing, copy machines, non-instructional food vendors, events services and mail services).
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “Thinking strategically in support of our students is critical to our success. Shanda Diehl and Bob Williamson are outstanding professionals. They bring experience, thoughtfulness and a focus on our students that will help us work through these challenging economic times and also stay focused on a long-term vision of a bright future for our college and our community.”
About Shanda Diehl
Prior to joining Clark College, Shanda Diehl served as Director of Institutional Research at Spokane Falls Community College, where she led college-wide activities in institutional research and effectiveness evaluation, strategic planning, accreditation, environmental scanning, and educational outcomes assessment.
Diehl currently serves as the president of the Washington Association of Research and Planning (WARP). She led one of the eight state-wide workgroups to produce the Final Environmental Scanning Trend Document for the Washington State Workforce Education Council. She is currently a member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Student Achievement Framework for Assessment and Action committee and the Mission Study Technical Group.
Shanda Diehl has been an adjunct instructor for business statistics. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology at Eastern Washington University and a master's degree in public health at the University of Washington.
Diehl says she is impressed by Clark's focus on student success. She noted, “Before I came to Clark College, the staff, faculty, and administrators all told me that Clark is a great place to work because everyone works together to assure the student experience is successful. I have seen that every day since I arrived. At Clark College, it's all about the student.”
About Bob Williamson
Bob Williamson brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to his role as vice president of Administrative Services at Clark College.
Williamson most recently 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 new role at Clark College. “I have 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.”