Dr. Jean Hernandez, an educational leader with nearly four decades of experience, joined South Seattle College as interim president on Nov. 30, 2022 and will serve in the role through the current academic year. The position opened when Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, South Seattle’s former president, became interim chancellor of the Seattle Colleges District.
Dr. Hernandez retired from Edmonds College with the title of president emeritus in 2017 after serving seven years as president. She has earlier connections to South Seattle, including serving as vice president of instruction and a prior stint as interim president in 2010. More recently, Dr. Hernandez has supported the college in improving student success as a Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Guided Pathways coach.
Over a 37-year career, Dr. Hernandez has extensive experience at both community colleges and universities. She is known as a student success champion who is strongly committed to removing barriers for students from K-12 through their higher education years. In particular, she has worked to advance women in the STEM fields, address education reform for students who are in prison, and developed successful partnerships with both industry and community organizations.
Dr. Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from the University of North Texas, as well as a Doctor of Education from the University of Washington. Since 2018, she has worked as a leadership coach for Achieving the Dream and a Guided Pathways coach for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She currently serves on the Western Governors University Washington Advisory Board, Junior Achievement Washington Board, and University of Colorado Denver, School of Education Program Advisory Committee.