Warren Brown, Ed.D., 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.
The President’s Cabinet is composed of the president and the college’s three vice presidents: Andréa Johnson, vice president for Administrative Services; Dr. Kristen Jones, vice president for Instruction; and Joseph Barrientos, vice president for Student Development Services/Dean of Students.
Peter Lortz, Vice President for Instruction
Peter Lortz started his career as an adjunct instructor in biology, anatomy and physiology, and environmental science, including at North in the Fall from 1994-1997. After teaching at several colleges in Washington and Ohio, he was hired as a full-time biology faculty member at North Seattle College (NSC) in 1997. He worked as a tenured faculty member for approximately 10 years, which included chairing the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee and the Sustainability Committee along with other committee and initiative work.
In 2007, Peter was hired as the Dean of the Math, Sciences and Social Sciences division at North marking the beginning of his administrative career. In addition to working as Dean, Peter also served as the Interim IT Services Director and Interim Vice President for Instruction at North. In his time at North he worked on various district and state groups including the negotiations team for the Seattle district faculty contract.
In January 2015, Peter transitioned to South Seattle College as the Vice President for Instruction. After serving in that role for 2.5 years, Peter accepted the role of Interim President at South for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Peter has a Masters' degree in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a bachelor's degree in biology from DePauw University and has completed his work experience with a variety of professional education opportunities including the "Power of Leadership" retreat series from Whidbey Institute and "Washington Executive Leadership Academy" from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
Along his professional jorney, Peter has learned a great deal about how North, South and the Seattle Colleges as a whole, operate. Peter has worked on city-side and state-wide initiatives and committees.
Andréa Johnson, Vice President for Administrative Services
Andréa Johnson began her position at North Seattle College as Vice President of Administrative Services and Capital Construction on December 7, 2015
Johnson has more than 30 years’ experience working in all aspects of planning, design, construction, general contracting and construction management. She has experience in real estate transactions, lease negotiations, contract negotiations, school bond processes and public works projects. Most recently Johnson worked as co-owner of Johnson Construction and Consulting, a firm providing consulting services and construction management support to women and minority-owned business enterprises. Johnson also worked for the Highline School District for nine years, serving in a variety of roles including the executive director of Capital Construction and executive director of Facilities. She has also worked for King County as a capital project manager and for Evergreen Healthcare as the director of construction management.
Johnson has an M.S. in construction management from the University of Washington and a B.S. in housing and interior design from the University of Missouri Columbia. She enjoys outdoor activities, live entertainment, sports, music and the arts. Johnson would like to thank the North Seattle College community for welcoming her to the campus and looks forward to working with all students, staff and faculty
Joseph Barrientos, Vice President for Student Development Services/Dean of Students
Joseph (Joe) Barrientos is a native of Maui, Hawaii, and like many of our students, is a product of the community college system.
Having worked in both private and public setting, Joe comes with over 16 years of leadership and administrative experience within higher education. His tenure in higher education administration started as an advisor/transfer center coordinator at South Seattle College. In his role, Joe assisted transfer students from South successfully transition into four-year colleges and institutions within the region, while completing his Master of Arts degree in education from Seattle University.
Joe left South Seattle when offered a position as the associate director of Seattle University's Career Services Center. Several years later, given the opportunity to move back to Hawaii, Joe left SU to become the director of the Career Services Center at Hawaii Pacific University. Within two years he was selected to head the student success efforts at HPU as the dean of academic advising and student achievement.
The opportunity to be back in Seattle and with the Seattle College District presented itself when Joe was hired as the dean of student life at South Seattle College. Joe is excited to be back in Seattle and to be a part of the Seattle College District because of the opportunity to be part of North Seattle College's work in engaging student success. Additionally, it affords him the opportunity to complete his doctoral work in educational leadership.
The common thread woven through Joe’s professional experiences in higher education is the sincere desire to be collaborative, innovative in thought and practice, and intentional in removing barriers to success for all our students.