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V5I3: Welcome New Presidents

Mar. 29, 2023 ⋅ Categories: Beacon, NWCCU, President


Interim President, Jean Hernandez, South Seattle College

Dr. Jean Hernandez will serve as the interim president for South Seattle College for the 2022-23 academic year. 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 College, including serving as vice president of instruction and as interim president in 2010.

More recently, Dr. Hernandez has supported South Seattle College in improving student success as a Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Guided Pathways coach. 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.

Dr. Hernandez earned her bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and Spanish and her master’s in counseling from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She completed her doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.


President, James Lemerond, Bellingham Technical College

Dr. James Lemerond is the next president of Bellingham Technical College. Dr. Lemerond has more than 20 years of experience in higher education in a technical college setting. He started at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, WI, as an adjunct faculty in 2001. From there, he transitioned to teaching and managing a medical imaging program in Milwaukee, WI. In 2007, he moved back to Lakeshore Technical College full-time, where he served as radiography program faculty/chair; dean of health and human services; and dean of business, technology, and hospitality. In 2018, he became the vice president of instruction at Lakeshore Technical College.

Dr. Lemerond earned his doctorate of education in education leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY; a master of science in training and development and a bachelor of arts in health arts from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL; and an associate of science in radiography from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI.


President, Cameron K. Martin, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

Dr. Cameron K. Martin was named the second president of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU). Before becoming president, Martin worked as vice president of operations and chief of staff for the Office of the President at RMU.

Before joining RMU, Dr. Martin served as vice president of university relations, assistant to the president, and alumni director at Utah Valley University. He also worked as an associate commissioner in the Utah System of Higher Education.

Dr. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership, all from Brigham Young University. His doctoral research focus was on the role and organizational value of interim university presidents.


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