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Clowe captures hammer for CCS

There was a time when Tyree Clowe regarded school as the old ball and chain – if he regarded it at all. Now it’s the ball and chain spinning him through school.

Board finds ‘right person’ to lead CCS

The newly named chancellor for Community Colleges of Spokane brings decades of experience and glowing references – as well as a dismissal from a Colorado college amid allegations that funds were mismanaged, which has never been fully explained. Christine Johnson, 57, who currently is special assistant to the provost at the University of Colorado, will take the top job at CCS on Aug. 1. Her base salary will be $210,000.

Johnson becomes community colleges chancellor

Christine Johnson has been named as the new chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane. Johnson, currently the special assistant to the provost at the University of Colorado, Denver, will take the helm effective Aug. 1.

Colleges struggle with cuts

Frustration is what many community college students likely will experience this fall when newly enacted budget cuts take shape. Students will face longer lines for counseling services, difficulty securing spots in high-demand classes, another tuition increase and crowded classrooms, college officials say.

Retiring college leaders share the wisdom of their years

Bill Robinson, president of Whitworth University, and Gary Livingston, chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane, will hand out college diplomas for the last time this graduation season. Both feel good about their decisions to retire. Livingston, 62, plans to travel with his wife, Amanda, and remain active on several Inland Northwest boards. Robinson, 60, plans to do consulting work, write another book and stay on some boards, including the Princeton Seminary board. Both men will remain in Spokane.

About Bill Robinson

President of Whitworth University since 1993. Highlight: “When the regional accrediting association issued its report (last year), they said we have a culture on campus characterized by grace and truth,” he said.

They said it

Community leaders agree that the people who take over for Bill Robinson and Gary Livingston will have huge shoes to fill, because the men left their strong footprints throughout the Inland Northwest. Here’s what some of those leaders said:

About Gary Livingston

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.

Wash. two-year colleges report record enrollment

Luther Sonny White III, 58, is one of the thousands of new college students in Washington, where fall enrollment is setting a record for a second year at the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.

College crowd keeps growing

Community colleges’ enrollment traditionally increases with unemployment rates. A record high of about 11.5 million Americans ages 18 to 24, or nearly 40 percent, attended college in October 2008, according to a study of Census data released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. Virtually all the increase of 300,000 students over the previous year came at two-year schools, while attendance at four-year schools remained flat.

Fall enrollment up at Wash. public universities

Fall enrollment is up at Washington’s public universities this fall. Most of the increase comes from students who decided to stay in school rather than seeking their fortunes elsewhere in a down economy.

Editorial: Visionaries helped shape University District

The Rev. Robert Spitzer’s retirement as president of Gonzaga University over the summer turns out to have been the beginning of a trend. Whitworth University President Bill Robinson and Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Gary Livingston now have both announced they will step down at the end of the academic year.

Chancellor to retire from CCS

Gary Livingston, a longtime fixture in local education, will step down as the chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane after this academic year. Livingston, 62, said he intends to spend time with family, travel and remain involved in several local organizations. He has been chancellor at CCS since 2002, and he was superintendent of Spokane Public Schools from 1993 to 2001.