Clark College announces new trustee

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2019

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Governor appoints Jeanne Bennett to Board of Trustees

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Jeanne Bennett to the Clark College Board of Trustees. Bennett is the retired CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, a Vancouver resident, and a longtime community leader. “I’m so pleased to serve Clark College and the community in this new role,” Bennett said. “I strongly believe in the college’s mission to be in service to the community and helping students achieve their educational and professional goals.”

Bennett will serve in the recently vacated position left open in May when trustee Royce Pollard stepped down to spend more time with his family. Bennett will join fellow trustees Jada Rupley, Paul Speer, Vice Chair Rekah Strong, and Chair Jane Jacobsen.

“This is good news,” said Jacobsen. “We welcome her to the board. We have important work to do in selecting a new president for Clark College, and it will be helpful to have her expertise and experience.”

Current President Bob Knight will retire July 15 after serving 13 years as President at Clark College. Dr. Sandra A. Fowler-Hill has been selected to serve as interim president for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fowler-Hill is a retired college president from Portland Community College. Her first day is slated for July 15. The interim appointment provides ample time for the college to conduct a year-long robust search process for the permanent president.

Clark College has a website detailing the presidential search process at

Bennett’s biography and photo are available upon request.

About Clark College

Located in Vancouver’s Central Park and serving approximately 12,000 students per quarter, Clark College is Southwest Washington’s largest public institution of higher education. The college currently offers classes at two satellite locations: one on the Washington State University Vancouver campus and one in the Columbia Tech Center in East Vancouver. Additionally, its Economic & Community Development program is housed in the Columbia Bank building in downtown Vancouver.