Chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane since 2002.
Received his associate’s degree from Dodge City Community College in Kansas, his bachelor’s degree in special education/psychology from Emporia State University in Kansas, and his doctoral degree in administration from Kansas State University.
Began his career in 1970 as a special education teacher in Topeka, Kan. Children with disabilities back then were “in basements,” he said. A 1975 federal law entitling them to education “pushed many of those kids into semi-independent lives.”
Superintendent for Topeka public schools, 1988 to 1993.
Superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, 1993 to 2001.
Served on numerous national, state and regional boards, including the Spokane Regional Economic Development Council, which he chaired in 2005-2006.
Married to Amanda Livingston, retired director of development for the Spokane Symphony, since 1969. Their son, Nick, a Western Washington University graduate, lives and works in New York City.
Official last day: Aug. 31.