The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges today announced that Executive Director Charlie Earl will retire July 31, after serving six years in the top executive position at the higher education agency.
Earl’s career in public service has spanned more than 40 years, according to a State Board news release. Prior to his work at the State Board, Earl was president of Everett Community College for seven years. He also served as deputy county executive in King County and was general manager of the Snohomish County Public Utility District.
With offices in Olympia and Bellevue, the State Board has 140 staff working with the community and technical colleges in education policy, operating and capital funding, accountability measurement, information technology, and statewide higher education strategy. During Earl’s tenure, the 34 colleges have seen funded enrollment grow from 250,000 to 330,000 students.
The nine members of the State Board, who are appointed by the Governor, will launch a regional and national search for a new executive director.