Clark State leader named president at Washington college

A top Clark State Community College administrator will leave Springfield to become president of a community college near Seattle.

Amit Singh has worked at Clark State since 2014 and currently serves as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. Beginning in late June, he will take over as president at Edmonds Community College, located on a 50-acre campus about 17 miles north of Seattle.

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He will succeed there former President Jean Hernandez, who retired on Dec. 31, according to information from Edmonds. Edmonds’ board of trustees approved the hire during a special meeting late last week.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead a great college like Edmonds Community College and I am very much looking forward to joining the Edmonds family in June and continuing the work of students’ access, success and completion,” Singh said in a statement. “I am extremely thankful to the board of trustees for selecting me to lead this fine institution and I am also thankful to the students, faculty, staff and the community members for their support.”

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Laurie Means, a spokeswoman at Clark State, said an interim will be selected to serve in Singh’s position until a replacement is hired. No information was released about who would serve in the role or when the search would begin.

“Dr. Singh exemplifies the values of Clark State,” said Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State. “He works tirelessly to ensure that our students are successful. Since coming to Clark State three years ago, Dr. Singh’s impact on students can be seen throughout the campus.”

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Before moving to Springfield, Singh most recently worked at Cuyahoga Community College’s western campus in Parma, Ohio, where he served as dean of academic affairs and chief academic officer.

“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Singh to our Triton community in June,” Edmonds Interim President Christina Castorena in a statement.

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