Presidential Search


Presidential Search

The Renton Technical College Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position of President. This is an exciting leadership opportunity at a nationally recognized technical college. Candidates should be passionate about serving a diverse study body, eliminating systemic inequities, and continuing the college's commitment to innovation that removes barriers for students. The President is the college's chief executive officer and reports to the five-member Board of Trustees, whose members embrace collaboration with the president. The President will succeed Dr. Kevin McCarthy, who has provided distinguished leadership to the college since 2015 and will retire in June 2022.

The new president will lead one of the outstanding technical colleges in the country as it faces the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Our 66 percent completion rate is the highest in the state among community and technical colleges – and among the highest in the country. And 82 percent of our graduates are employed nine months after graduation. The successful candidate will enthusiastically embrace the mission, vision, and values that guide Renton Technical College's commitment to equitable educational opportunities for career readiness and advancement, serving the needs of individuals, the community, businesses, and industry. Diversity is our strength: 69 percent of students identify as students of color, and 41 percent of our faculty and staff, among the highest in the state.

Preferred Qualifications

Renton Technical College's Board of Trustees will consider educational background, professional experience, accomplishments, reputation, and character in selecting a new President. Successful candidates will possess an equity-focused mindset and the ability to lead institutional change that promotes the college's growth. Leading candidates will understand the important role of technical education in preparing learners for employment and meeting workforce needs. A strong record of achievement, including senior-level administrative experience in technical colleges, comprehensive community colleges, other post-secondary institutions, and/or business, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations is required. Earned Doctorate preferred; Master's required.

The new President of Renton Technical College will be: 

  • A visionary leader with a record of successful senior-level experience in a college or other complex organization, who is able to expand the role of the college in a highly competitive environment and who can ensure that services are distributed to best meet the needs of all district citizens;

  • A communicator capable of fostering and enhancing mutual respect and diversity of opinion in a climate of accessibility, trust and collegiality; a decision-maker who is fair, ethical and responsive;

  • An advocate for the value of equity, diversity, and inclusivity;

  • A partnership builder with business, industry, labor, government and educational institutions; active in the community and able to assume the role of community leader; an articulate, politically sensitive and savvy spokesperson who will seize opportunities to share Renton Technical College's mission and successes with the broader communities, and who is sophisticated in the use of technology and innovative developments for learning and teaching, administration and management, and professional development of faculty and staff.

  • A risk-taker who inspires creativity and innovation and who recognizes the efforts and achievements of staff, administrators and faculty; a team player and team builder who is able to develop effective teams throughout the college and to motivate others to achieve success;

  • A skillful manager with business acumen who exercises thoughtful stewardship of fiscal, capital, and human resources and who has experience with collective bargaining agreements; a decision-maker who can analyze problems, develop alternatives, make difficult choices among competing interests and set a strategic course of action;

  • An educational leader who is accessible and visible to students and staff, who is sensitive to the needs of others, who bases decisions on the needs of students, the college and the communities served, and who is sophisticated in the use of technology and innovative developments for learning and teaching, administration and management, and professional development of faculty and staff.

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Our Students

About RTC
Total headcount 8,848
Total full-time equivalent (FTE) 3477
Students of color 69%
African American 17%
Asian 25%
Hispanic/Latino 21%
Native American 2%
Pacific Islander 1%
Other race 5%
White/Caucasian 33%*

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Age, Family, and Finances
Median Age 30
Students receiving need-based financial aid in eligible programs 45%
Students who work 45%
Students with children 43%

Read more in the Field Guide.


Capital Budget

The College is set to receive $2 million towards the construction of a new Health Sciences building. We appreciate the Legislature's continued investment in our facilities to better serve more students.

Read more on our Capital Budget Fact Sheet.