picture of Sheila Edwards Lange Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange
Seattle Central College President

Message from the President

Dear Friends,

Fifty years. Five decades. Half a century. However you look at it, a 50th anniversary is a significant landmark. Beginning next month and lasting the entire academic year, we invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of our community’s enduring symbols of education and opportunity – Seattle Central College.

Seattle Central College - Central to the Community #SeattleCentral50

This college opened its doors in 1966 thanks to the hard work and persistence of people in the community who recognized the need for affordable and accessible education and career training for the city’s residents.

Seattle Central is, in so many ways, a reflection of our city. As it has grown, so has this college, always changing and adapting to meet our community’s needs with innovative programs and a supportive environment. In this way, we have always been Central to the Community, our 50th anniversary theme.

This concept is apparent in a variety of ways:

  • We’re Central to empowerment, giving our students the skills and training to better their lives
  • We’re Central to activism, driving progress on important issues like race, social justice and inequality
  • We’re Central to inspiration, challenging our students to dream big and achieve their goals
  • We’re Central to transformation, educating people to bring lasting change to their communities

How has this college been Central to you? Through a series of fun and memorable events, you can share your connection to this amazing institution. With your support, we can celebrate our past while embracing a vision for the future that will keep our college central to the community for the next 50 years and beyond.

Sincerely,
Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D.
President

Presidents through the Years

Sheila Edwards Lange

Sheila Edwards Lange
2016-present

Paul Killpatrick

Paul Killpatrick
2010-2015

Mildred Olee

Mildred Olee
2003-2010

Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell
1987-2003

Ernest Martinez

Ernest Martinez
1984-1987

Don G. Phelps

Don G. Phelps
1980-1984

Robert Terry

Robert Terry
1976-1980

Rory Phillips

Rory Phillips
1975-1976

Nolen M. Ellison

Nolen M. Ellison
1972-1974

William Moore Jr.

William Moore Jr.
1969-1971

Ed Erickson

Ed Erickson
1967-1969