Dr. Paul Killpatrick brings both experience and a well-developed vision for building onto Seattle Central's
position as a vibrant, multicultural urban campus. His experience includes two years as president at Lake Tahoe Community College in California
and six years as president of Great Basin Community College in Nevada.
At Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., he served two years as the vice president of Instructional Support and Community Development,
and four years as vice president of Instruction. Earlier, he served as dean for Professional and Career Education, and dean for Instructional
Support and Special Populations at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, Wash., and he also held administrative and faculty positions at
Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore.
In his leadership positions, he has focused on establishing an institutional culture that supports economic development while also being
responsive to the numerous constituencies within the college. He implemented an Honors Program, developed cross-disciplinary courses, expanded
distance education and initiated a student-centered class schedule. Killpatrick has served on numerous community and higher education boards
and committees. As chair of the Elko County Economic Development Authority, he helped secure funds from the state legislature to establish the
Northeastern Nevada Regional Railport. He also served on the Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan Steering Committee and the Hispanic-American and
Native-American Advisory Boards at Great Basin College.
Killpatrick holds a doctorate degree in postsecondary education from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in counseling from Western
Oregon State University in Monmouth, Ore., and a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Oregon State University.
Mark Mitsui became the twelfth president at North Seattle College in July 2010, bringing years
of experience as an administrator at community colleges throughout Western Washington and special expertise
in student success and diversity programs.
He came to North from South Seattle College, where he had served as vice president of Student
Services and led a team that secured a $2.4 million Department of Education grant and designation for the
college as one of a nationally select group of Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving
Institutions. He also headed the Opportunity Grant team, which helped establish the college as a state leader
in achievement of key student progress milestones.
Mitsui’s career also includes service as assistant dean of Student Services at Green River Community College,
where he led the college’s first diversity training process and was recognized with an International Exemplary
Leadership in Higher Education Award. Earlier in his career, Mitsui served as manager of the Wellness Center
at North; college athletic director; Seattle College District athletics commissioner for the NWAACC;
and he established equitable funding for men’s and women’s athletic teams. When he became Director of Student
Success and Retention Services at North, Mitsui worked with the campus community to develop innovative programs
to improve student success and retention.
Mitsui is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington,
where he also earned his master’s degree in the same field. He has a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington
Gary Oertli brings a wealth of community college leadership experience and enthusiasm to South Seattle
College. His experience includes five years at the Seattle Colleges – most recently as
interim president at Seattle Central College and before that at South Seattle College. He also served
as interim vice president for Instruction at South and interim dean for Business, Information Technology and Creative Arts
at Seattle Central.
Oertli was president and CEO of Shoreline Community College for five years and was honored as president
emeritus when he retired. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Edmonds Community College as part-time instructor,
tenured faculty member, associate dean and dean, executive vice president for Instruction and Student Services,
and as interim president.
A West Seattle native, Oertli is a graduate of Chief Sealth High School in the Seattle Public Schools system.
He earned his bachelor's degree and master’s of education in business from the University of Washington, where he later
served as Alumni Association president. He also completed the Executive Management Program in the UW Graduate School of
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