Yoshiko Harden was appointed acting president of Seattle Central College. She has been serving as vice president for student services at the college since 2016.
Seattle Central College enrolls more than 6,700 students, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 13 percent of the student body.
“I’m excited and honored to serve as acting president of Seattle Central College during this time of transition. I have the utmost confidence in our faculty, staff, and administration’s commitment to teaching and learning and the myriad of campus services to support student access and success,” Dr. Harden said.
Before coming to Seattle Central College, Dr. Harden was vice president for diversity and chief diversity officer at Bellevue College in Washington state. Earlier, she was the director of multicultural services and student development at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington.
Dr. Harden earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and women’s studies from the University of California, San Diego. She holds a master’s degree from Seattle University and a doctorate in higher education policy from Northeastern University.