Renton Technical College’s president to retire

April 29, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 6 p.m. April 29, 2014

President Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson, Renton Technical College’s president since 2009, announced today his intent to retire at the end of the year.

“It has been an honor to serve as Renton Technical College’s president for the past five years,” he said in a statement. “Our college has an outstanding reputation for its commitment to student success, as exemplified by our selection by the Aspen Institute as one of the top community colleges in the nation.

“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with an extraordinary group of trustees, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the mission of transforming the lives of our students.”

In the wake of the announcement, Renton Technical College’s Board of Directors expressed deep gratitude for Hanson’s leadership and outstanding service as college president.

“He has shepherded the college through critical times and brought an innovative approach to meeting future educational needs of our community. We acknowledge and appreciate President Hanson’s commitment to see the college through the transition process of finding a new college president,” said Cathy McAbee, the board chairwoman.

Before coming to the school, Hanson served as president of Spokane Community College and executive vice president of Edmonds Community College. He has more than 40 years of experience in the state’s community and technical college system, serving as a teacher, dean, vice president and president.

He said his retirement plans include gardening, travel and spending more time with family and friends.

Search plans for a new president will be announced in the coming months.

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