RTC Board Announces Dr. Kevin D. McCarthy as Next President, Assumes Helm July 1

  • Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015

RENTON, Wash.  - The Board of Trustees of Renton Technical College announced today it has concluded its national search. Dr. Kevin D. McCarthy will assume the helm as president of the institution on July 1, 2015. He becomes just the fourth president of the technical college since its founding in 1941. The Board of Trustees made the announcement earlier today during a public meeting. President Steve Hanson will retire at the end of June.

Dr. Kevin D. McCarthy, RTC PresidentCurrently, Dr. McCarthy is the vice president of instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. From 2010-13, he was the dean of the Health Sciences, Education, and Wellness Institute at Bellevue College. He served as the associate vice president of instruction at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. from 2007-10.

Dr. McCarthy received his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in American history from the Univ. of Mississippi. He began his career as an educator and administrator at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, (CRMS) in Carbondale, Colo. He also served as an instructor at the Univ. of Mississippi, and a visiting assistant professor at the Univ. of Georgia.

Dr. McCarthy is no stranger to hands-on learning. He spent many years working on ranches in Montana during high school and college, which led him to his first teaching experience at CRMS, while also running the school’s ranch program. This first-hand knowledge of both faculty and student experiences in education, as well as the specific role a technical college must play in an economically strong and diverse community, stood out to the search committee and members of the campus community.

While announcing his appointment, Board Chair Susan Palmer said, "the feedback we heard from students, faculty, staff, and alumni confirmed the board's decision." She went on to add, “the Board feels confident that Dr. McCarthy understands the college's needs as well as its resources and is the right choice to lead the college forward."


Direct all media inquiries to:

Melissa Rohlfs
Renton Technical College
Phone:  425.235.2356
Email: mrohlfs@rtc.edu

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