Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Whatcom Community College, received the 2014 Chief Executive Officer Award at the recent Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges annual meeting in Yakima.
The award recognizes Hiyane-Brown’s dedication to student achievement and her focus on offering innovative academic and professional-technical programs that prepare students to successfully transfer to four-year schools and to excel in their careers, according to a news release.
Among her accomplishments, supporters noted her ability to engage with partners to advance goals, her focus on campus diversity and the development of professional development programs for faculty and staff.
“Dr. Hiyane-Brown is a critical thinker and forward-focused leader who excels at convening people, tasking them to think about what Whatcom can and should be, now and in the future, and then listens closely,” says Sue Cole, chair of WCC’s Board of Trustees, said in a news release. “For the past seven years, she has excelled at building essential community partnerships, provided exceptional leadership, and created an inclusive and progressive culture. Working with the campus community, President Hiyane-Brown has transformed a rural community college into a center of excellence in programs such as healthcare, cybersecurity and business.”