Connie Gardner (she/her) received her Master of Science from the University of Central Arkansas in College Student Personnel and Administration and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. Connie has been working in higher education for over 15 years in residential life, student conduct, compliance, and case management.
Connie currently serves as the Title IX Coordinator, the Clery Compliance Officer, and works with Student Rights and Responsibilities. She has been at Evergreen since July 2019 and works to ensure compliance of Title IX and Clery. Connie provides resources and supportive measures to individuals who may have experienced sex and/or gender discrimination, oversees resolutions of complaints, provides training and resources to the campus community on Title IX and Clery, and stewards the Title IX policy and procedure. She chairs the Clery Working Group on campus and verifies the compliance of Evergreen's documentation of crime statistics, fire safety, emergency response, and oversees training for Campus Security Authorities. Connie is responsible for gathering and organizing the institution's Annual Security Report for Clery.
Executive Associate to the President & Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Susan M. Harris, Executive Associate to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, MPA, The Evergreen State College
Susan Harris (she/her) earned her Master of Public Administration in 2018 and bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in business, human resources and non-profit management in 2007, both from Evergreen. She has worked in the Office of the President at The Evergreen State College since June 2007, serving in multiple roles.
In her current role of Executive Associate to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Susan serves as an advisor to the President regarding policy, procedural and operational issues of the college. Susan manages the President’s Office operations, supervises and directs the work of administrative staff in the office. She serves in a visible leadership role for the institution, representing the President and the college to internal and external constituencies. Susan plans, coordinates, and conducts complex projects at the direction of the President; develops and manages the President’s Office operating and discretionary budgets; and executes special assignments. In this role, Susan coordinates staff work to support decision-making by the President, the Board of Trustees, and the college’s Senior Leadership Team.
Susan currently leads the work of the Employee Recognition and Appreciation Workgroup, and serves on the Campus Leadership Group Planning Committee and the Internal Student Communications workgroup.
Prior to joining Evergreen, Susan gained a breadth of experience working in multiple industries such as K-12, start-ups, tribal entities, non-profit lobbying associations, and private industry. Throughout the years, Susan enjoyed volunteering with several organizations including A Gift for Special Children, Association of Experiential Education (AEE), Rainbow/ROCQ Youth, Shelton School District, and the Thurston County Food Bank.
Sophie Bustetter (she/her) earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2020 from Evergreen, with an emphasis in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language. She has worked in the Office of the President at The Evergreen State College since March 2020, in an interim appointment. Prior to working in the Office of the President, Sophie served as the Prospect Research Fellow in Evergreen’s Advancement department.
In Sophie’s current role she is responsible for managing the President’s calendar as well as the office inbox and communications; streamlining community questions and comments. She provides high level support for projects and searches and assists in maintaining the daily operations of the office. Sophie also serves on the Employee Recognition and Appreciation Work Group and provides administrative support to the Campus Leadership Group and the Board of Trustees.
Sophie also works as a Facilitator at TOGETHER!, a local non-profit that provides afterschool programming and advocacy for elementary and middle school students.
Special Assistant to the Presidential Search
Andrew J. Beattie, Special Assistant to the Presidential Search and Interim Internal Communications Liaison, MPA, The Evergreen State College
Andrew Beattie (he/him) currently serves in a dual role as Special Assistant to the Presidential Search and Internal Communications Liaison. In his role supporting the presidential search, he began addressing the needs of the Search Advisory Committee in August 2020, while developing communication strategies to update constituencies on process and ensuring opportunities for members of the community to engage. In October, 2020, that work shifted to supporting the presidential search committee, while continuing outreach and communication efforts. In February, 2021, Andrew assumed an additional interim role of Internal Communications Liaison for Evergreen. These efforts include working closely with an advisory committee on developing processes and policy for communications with faculty, staff, and students.
Born and raised in the South Sound, Andrew’s work has been dedicated to education and public programs, with a strong connection to the Evergreen State College. An MPA graduate in 2014, Andrew came to Evergreen in 2010 as the Assistant Director for Operations with the Costantino (formerly: College) Recreation Center. Following two consecutive years serving as staff representative to the Board of Trustees, Andrew was appointed as the Director of Recreation & Athletics in 2016. Andrew returned to Evergreen in spring of 2020 as Athletic Program Specialist, a project position with Wellness, Recreation and Athletics.
Prior to his time at Evergreen, Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural and Organizational Communication from Arizona State University in 2004. He then served as a Recruiting Coordinator with Intercollegiate Athletics for the University of Colorado Boulder, before returning to Olympia where he managed community recreation programs for Thurston County. In 2018-19, he served as Special Projects Manager with the University of Washington, focusing primarily on the UW waterfront, working with an advisory board, students, and staff on events, creative visioning, and a capital campaign for “The Next 100 Years” of the historic ASUW Shell House.
Andrew has worked closely with several local non-profits and community organizations, including South Sound YMCA, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Earth Month Olympia, and Olympia Host Lions, where he is currently serving as an officer and board member. He also serves on a community panel, facilitated by Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation, conducting a needs assessment for local aquatics facilities and programming.