At a special meeting on May 5, the Evergreen Board of Trustees announced their three current candidates for the role of president have dropped out of consideration, after extensive rounds of interviews.
They then passed a motion to begin a process to appoint an interim leader for the college beginning July 1, while they continue their search for Evergreen’s permanent president.
“It’s a surprise and disappointment,” said Board of Trustees Chair Karen Fraser, a retired Washington state senator and former Evergreen adjunct faculty.
“We will work through this, holding up what’s best for the institution,” said board member Miguel Perez-Gibson.
Board member Ed Zuckerman noted the quantity of input from the Evergreen community, describing strong engagement about the candidates.
“We are ready to roll up our sleeves to do what needs to be done until we get a president,” he said.
Current Evergreen President George Bridges’ tenure ends June 30.