Dr. Warren Brown began his tenure as the 16th president of North Seattle College on July 1, 2014.
President Brown has more than 20 years of experience in the community college system throughout Western Washington.
He previously served as Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at Seattle Central College. Additionally, he served as an adjunct faculty member for Seattle University’s doctoral program in educational leadership.
Previous responsibilities include serving as Dean for Student Learning at Cascadia Community College, Associate Dean for Academic Support at Whatcom Community College, tenured instructor in communication studies at Pierce College and an instructor at Portland State University.
At Central, President Brown facilitated instructional planning that led to the development of new applied baccalaureate degrees in allied health and nursing and a new associate degree in allied health.
President Brown holds a doctor of education degree in higher education – curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington. His research on multicultural curriculum development in online courses has been published in journals including the Community College Journal of Research and Practice and the Multicultural Education and Technology Journal.
He earned his master’s degree in speech communication at Portland State University and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington.
Something you may not know
President Brown knew he wanted to go to the University of Washington for his bachelor’s degree, but his focus extended beyond academics—he wanted to be in the Husky Marching Band. He played the drums and credits the marching band with helping him academically. He realized that, when it comes to academic successes, teachers, colleges, and administrators all matter, but what’s really important is having a peer affinity group, a group that makes sure you and other members of the group are successful.
To foster communication within the college community, Dr. Brown posts to a personal blog, where he comments on current issues relevant to college constituents.
Dr. Brown granted an interview early in his first month, talking with Marketing staff about his plans for his first year in office. "Meet President Brown" -- Number 1, Number 2, Number 3, Number 4, Number 5 ,Number 6 and Number 7.
North Seattle College was established in 1970 and serves more than 15,000 students each year. 440 full- and part-time employees at the campus in the Northgate neighborhood.