People on the move, 10/2/15

Whatcom Community College hires two for leadership roles

Whatcom Community College recently appointed two to its leadership team. Curt Freed is the college’s new vice president for instruction and Luca Lewis will serve as the college’s vice president for student services.

Freed has worked in community colleges in Washington for 19 years. He recently served as vice president of instruction at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In his new position, Freed oversees implementation and evaluation of the college’s instructional programs and supports faculty with the resources they need to help students reach their goals, according to a press release from the college.

Lewis, a Ferndale native, was previously dean for student success and retention at Edmonds Community College. He has more than 12 years of experience in higher education, according to the press release.

As vice president for student services, he oversees student support services and a variety of programs that enhance student experience.


Rich Bowers appointed Whatcom Land Trust executive director

Rich Bowers took over as executive director of Whatcom Land Trust on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Bowers brings more than 25 years of nonprofit experience to his new leadership role at Whatcom Land Trust, a nonprofit with a mission to conserve habitat and open space.

Bowers previously served as president of the organization’s board of directors and has worked with the land trust in various roles since 2001, when he began consulting on staffing and fundraising issues, according to a press release.

His past job titles include western states coordinator for the Hydropower Reform Coalition, executive director for American Whitewater, and interim director for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.

Bowers replaces Craig Lee, who led the organization since 2011.

Under Lee’s leadership, Whatcom Land Trust played a role in conserving more than 9,500 acres and advanced its goal of conserving the last intact habitat corridor linking the Puget Sound shoreline to the Cascade Mountains, said Alan Fritzberg, president of the land trust’s board of directors.

“Craig has brought his vision, dedication and leadership in conservation to Whatcom Land Trust and has developed the organization to where it not only is protecting more habitat, it is now a major contributor to habitat restoration in Whatcom County,” Fritzberg said.

Lee will stay with the organization as a senior advisor.

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