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, 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.
Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, Vice President for Indigenous Arts and Education, J.D.,
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The founding Director of the “House of Welcome” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College since 1996, Tina became Evergreen’s first Vice President of Indigenous Arts and Education in March 2018. With degrees in education and law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tina is an adjunct member of the faculty at Evergreen who regularly teaches in the Master of Public Administration Program. She also serves on the Indigenous Program Council at the Banff Centre in Alberta, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s Waaswaaganing Living Arts and Cultures Center. Affiliated with both the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (enrolled) and the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribes, Tina works with a multitude of tribal peoples and artists from throughout the Pacific Rim in her roles at Evergreen.
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
The Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Student Success oversees the First Peoples, Multicultural, Trans and Queer Services, Access Services, TRiO Student Support Services, and Academic and Career Advising.
Amanda Walker, Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director for The
Evergreen State College Foundation, M.A., University of York.