Evergreen State College Enters 50th Year

Next spring, the class of 2022 at The Evergreen State College will be its 50th graduating class. While it is tempting to look back on the last 50 years and relish in the accomplishments, the Board of Trustees is looking forward by naming new leadership and developing new academic programs.

Entering into a two-year interim position as President of The Evergreen State College is Dr. John Carmichael, a beloved staff member since 1998. Most recently the VP of Finance and Operations, Dr. Carmichael also received his BA and Masters of Administration degrees from Evergreen. He then received his Doctorate in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University.

In addition to Dr. Carmichael’s promotion to President, the Board of Trustees also hired Dr. Dexter Gordon as Executive Vice President. Formerly with the University of Puget Sound where he served as the Director of the African American Studies program, Dr. Gordon is a Dolliver NEH Distinguished Professor as well as the Founding Director of the University’s Race and Pedagogy Institute. Dr. Gordon holds a Doctorate in Rhetoric, Culture and African American Studies from Indiana University Bloomington.

According to Kelly Von Holtz, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at The Evergreen State College, “Everyone here at Evergreen is thrilled about our new leadership and really look forward to them leading us into our next 50 years.” She added, “We are so excited to have Dr. Gordon join us as he is such a complement to Dr. Carmichael’s proven leadership and history with the college.”

Carmichael and Gordon will be leading Evergreen faculty as they transition back to in-person learning and implement new tactics designed to enhance their degree programs. The faculty has organized a new curriculum with 11 new paths that have more structure but still contain a lot of interdisciplinary study. And, new to The Evergreen State College will be academic and professional certification programs.

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