Presidential Finalists

On Friday, April 16, at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, Evergreen announced three presidential finalist candidates will be invited to virtual sessions with the campus community and stakeholders on April 21 and 22.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Mike Dumont

Michael Dumont is a former U.S. Navy 3-star admiral, distinguished combat veteran, military aviator, lawyer and senior government strategist and policymaker. He has devoted his career to public service, leading large and complex organizations with thousands of staff, significant budgets and critical national security missions.

Vice Admiral Dumont concluded his military service in March 2021, most recently serving in dual roles as the deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command and as vice commander of the U.S. element of the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Raised by a single parent in a family of eight children, he was the first in his family to attend college and worked his way through every stage of his education including high school. He began his undergraduate studies at a local community college before transferring to a state university. There he earned an Army ROTC scholarship and entered the U.S. Army upon graduation. Following five years of full-time active duty as a pilot and paratrooper, he attended law school and joined the Navy Reserve as a Naval Aviator.

For the majority of his thirty-five years in military service, Adm. Dumont maintained a parallel civilian career as an attorney and later as a senior executive with the Federal government. As a reservist he was periodically recalled to full-time active duty for assignments in Asia, Europe and the Middle east, and multiple positions with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

His executive experience includes senior roles involving national security, policy and strategy development, crisis leadership, multinational operations, international negotiations and coordinating the U.S. military’s emergency response and assistance efforts to local, county, state and tribal nation governments across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adm. Dumont holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine, a juris doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marines’ Memorial Association, a non-profit veterans’ organization with a mission to honor the legacy of military service.

Catherine Kodat

Catherine Gunther Kodat is a former journalist turned academic scholar with more than 25 years’ experience in higher education. She has served as Provost and Dean of Faculty at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, since 2017. As the chief academic officer at Lawrence, which consists of a liberal arts college and conservatory of music, Kodat’s central focus is on enhancing the university’s intellectual climate by recruiting, retaining and supporting faculty; strengthening instruction and research; promoting campus diversity, equity, and inclusion; and fostering curricular innovation, including the creation of new majors and degree programs. She also holds a faculty appointment as Professor of English.

Kodat earned a bachelor’s degree in English, summa cum laude, at the University of Baltimore, and master’s and doctorate degrees, also in English, at Boston University. A specialist in 20th century U.S. literature and culture, she has published more than 30 articles on a variety of subjects in her field, including the novels of William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston; the films of Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, and Jean-Luc Godard; and the cultural criticism of Theodor Adorno. Her book Don’t Act, Just Dance: The Metapolitics of Cold War Culture, was published in 2015.

Kodat began her professional career as a metro desk reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where she also served as the paper’s chief dance critic. After completing her graduate education, she worked for 17 years as a faculty member at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where she chaired the Literature and Creative Writing department and directed the American Studies program. She moved into academic administration in 2012 with an appointment as Dean of the Division of Liberal Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she also served as acting Provost. From 2015 to 2017 she was Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Lee Lambert

Lee Lambert is a visionary leader who has served as a senior-level executive for over 25 years at three community college districts and The Evergreen State College. He is currently leading the Pima district's transformation into Centers of Excellence in applied technology, health care, hospitality, information technology & cybersecurity, public safety, and the arts & humanities.

He is a dynamic advocate for diversity, equity & inclusion, student success, and community engagement. Lee also believes and invests in employee professional development and growth to better serve students and the community.

To name a few of Lee’s many achievements and recognitions, he was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) awarded him with the Marie Y. Martin CEO of the Year Award, and the National Guard and Reserves of the U.S. named him a Patriotic Employer. He currently serves on several committees and boards to include the Advisory Committee of Presidents for ACCT, the National Association of Workforce Boards' executive committee, a former Board member for the American Association of Community Colleges and serves as the sole community college representative on the workforce relevance in the liberal arts collaborative.

In addition to his published writings, Lee is an international and nationally recognized speaker on the future of work and learning.

Lee holds a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College.

Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents, and served in the U.S Army. Lee enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to explore new places.