Senior Leadership Team
George S. Bridges, President, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
George Bridges came to Evergreen after serving for ten years as president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He previously served as Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of Washington, where he also served as Professor of Sociology. After earning his undergraduate degree in 1972 from the University of Washington, Dr. Bridges pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There he earned his M.A. in criminology and Ph.D. in sociology. Prior to pursuing an academic career full time, Dr. Bridges worked as a social scientist in the staff office of the Attorney General of the United States. In this capacity he assisted in the design and implementation of research programs on federal law and justice policy.
The President is responsible for engaging the campus, community, and key external groups, in the promotion of a liberal arts education and learning community models. He represents the college and helps develop and maintain a comprehensive vision, unique to Evergreen and the students we serve. The President works to build relationships, strengthen partnerships, and collaborate with other college leaders to develop creative solutions.
John Carmichael, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Ph.D., Colorado
John is the Vice President for Finance and Operations at The Evergreen State College. John earned his PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies at Colorado State University and is a graduate of Evergreen (BA and MPA). He is also an alumnus of Harvard’s Finance for Senior Executives program. John has served Evergreen in a variety of roles for over twenty years, most recently as the Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
In his position as the VP for Finance and Operations, John oversees the work of five departments at Evergreen: Business Services, Computing and Communications, Facilities Services, Human Resources Services, and Police Services. He also oversees the development and maintenance of the college’s Operating and Capital Budgets. He is a member of the college’s Senior Leadership Team and serves as Treasurer of The Evergreen State College Foundation.
Susan Harris 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.
Susan currently serves as the Executive Associate to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She serves as an advisor to the President, advising on policy, procedural, and operational issues of the college. She coordinates the work of the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leadership Team. Susan manages the President’s Office operations and supervises and directs the work of administrative staff in the office. She serves in a visible leadership role for the institution on behalf of the President and represents 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. In addition, Susan currently leads the work of the Employee Recognition and Appreciation Workgroup, serves on the Campus Leadership Group Planning Committee, Student Internal Communications workgroup, and serves as the Office of the President COVID Area Supervisor.
Sandra Kaiser, Vice President for College Relations, B.A., San Francisco
Sandra Kaiser has been Evergreen’s vice president for college relations since January 2017. A third-generation Washingtonian and proud parent of an Evergreen graduate, Kaiser has served in leadership positions in state and federal government. As a career diplomat, she directed overseas communications and outreach for President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and left the Foreign Service with the equivalent rank of a two-star general. After serving as communications director for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Kaiser came to Evergreen to oversee the college’s first-ever re-brand and build an integrated marketing and student recruitment team.
Evergreen’s College Relations Division brings vital external facing work of the college together under the leadership of one team. Enrollment Services, led by Chief Enrollment Officer Eric Pedersen, includes the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, the Veterans Resource Center and Registration and Records. Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Farra Layne Hayes, oversees public relations and outreach, marketing, and web and graphic design production within the Marketing and Communications office. Director of Government Relations, Jeremy Mohn, engages with important state government stakeholders to inform them of Evergreen’s unique mission and how the college serves its talented students.
David McAvity, Interim Provost and Vice President for Student and Academic Life, Ph.D, Cambridge University
Dr. McAvity joined the Evergreen community as a Member of the Faculty in 2000, teaching mathematics and physics. Since 2012, David has served as a part of the leadership team, first as an Academic Dean for budget and international programs and then as Vice Provost.
Dr. McAvity received his Bachelor of Science in mathematical physics from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and his MASt and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in England.
The Provost and Vice President for Student and Academic Life is the chief academic officer of the college. Dr. McAvity, selected for this role on an interim basis in August 2020, oversees a leadership team with responsibility for Evergreen's curriculum, academic mission and student engagement.
Further information on areas reporting to the Provost can be found in the Org. Chart for the Student and Academic Life Division.
Jeremy Mohn, Director of Government Relations, MPA, The Evergreen State College
Jeremy Mohn came to Evergreen after working for five years in the Washington State Senate. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Western Washington University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Evergreen. Long interested in politics and government, he also has extensive campaign experience. He currently lives in Tacoma where he was born and raised.
As Director of Government Relations, Jeremy is responsible for forging and maintaining relationships with state and local elected officials. During the legislative session, much of his time is spent at the state capitol advocating for Evergreen’s budget priorities. Outside of session, Jeremy visits legislators in their home districts, or brings them to campus to learn more about the college. He knows that the most powerful thing for legislators to hear are Evergreen stories about our students, faculty, and alumni, and spends much of his time elevating those voices from our community.
Eric Pedersen, Chief Enrollment Officer, M.Ed., Azusa Pacific University
Eric is the Chief Enrollment Officer at The Evergreen State College. Eric holds a BA from Whitman College and M.Ed. from Azusa Pacific University in Leadership and Student Affairs. Eric joined Evergreen in the summer of 2016 first as Director of Admission and transitioning to Chief Enrollment Officer the following year. Previously Eric has served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Dean of Enrollment Management at Saint Martin’s University, Director of Admission at Cornish College of the Arts, and positions at Whitman College and The Art Institute of Seattle. A native of Western Montana, Eric will always consider the Flathead Valley home.
Eric is responsible for Admissions, Financial Aid, the Veterans Resource Center, Registration and Records, and the customer relationship management (CRM) platform that’s used for new student recruitment at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Therese Saliba, Interim Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Student Success, Ph.D. University of Washington
Therese’s work in racial equity, social justice, and liberatory education is informed by over 20 years as faculty in the fields of International and Women of Color Feminisms, Postcolonial Studies, and Literature and Writing. As Dean of Faculty Hiring and Development (2016-20), she instituted racial equity training for Faculty Hiring, led New Faculty Orientation training in Evergreen’s interdisciplinary model and equity-minded pedagogies, and coordinated Evergreen’s Summer Institutes for Faculty Development. Her current projects include collaborative leadership in supporting college-wide equity initiatives, developing Holistic Advising services as part of New Academic Directions, and launching Evergreen’s Social Justice Center.
As Vice President, Therese oversees Inclusive Excellence and Student Success (IESS) in their mission to support the success of all students, particularly those underserved by higher education. IESS includes Academic and Career Advising, First Peoples, Multicultural, Trans and Queer Services, Climate & Belonging Education, Access Services, International Studies, the ReEntry Scholars program for formerly incarcerated students, and Evergreen’s federally funded grant programs, TRiO Student Success and Upward Bound.
Jeannette Smith, Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Engagement, Ph.D, University of Nevada, Reno
Amanda Walker, Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director for The
Evergreen State College Foundation, Ph.D, University College London
Dr. Amanda Walker’s professional experience includes over 17 years leading in non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and the arts in the United States and abroad. She returned to her home state of Washington to join the advancement team at Evergreen in June 2010. Currently, Dr. Walker serves as Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of The Evergreen State College Foundation. She assumed leadership of the Foundation in June 2014 and the role of Vice President in July 2015. In these roles, Dr. Walker leads and oversees Evergreen’s efforts to raise private funds, seek grants, engage alumni, and steward support for the College’s students and mission. In 2018, her portfolio expanded to include leading the senior team’s weekly collective work, developing institutional and cross-divisional initiative strategies, and shaping board governance activities.
Dr. Walker completed her undergraduate degree with honors at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. In her final year at Whitman, she received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a one-year grant for purposeful, independent study outside the United States, which she pursued in the United Kingdom. Following the Fellowship, she earned an MA with distinction at the University of York and pursued DPhil research at the University of Oxford. In 2015 she completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. Dr. Walker earned a PhD in Education at University College London within the Center for Educational Leadership at the University’s Institute of Education.
Dr. Walker is a member of both the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). She contributes to national conversations about effective higher education leadership and governance through the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).