After a 10-month search, the Highline College Board of Trustees has unanimously voted Dr. John Mosby the college’s newest president.

“Our goal has been to find an open, inspirational leader who embodies and promotes the college’s values of diversity, access, equity and community and is a fit for the unique Highline culture and environment,” said Debrena Jackson Gandy, chair of the five-member board. “We are confident that we found such a leader in Dr. Mosby.”

Prior to accepting the position at Highline, Mosby served as vice president for student services at Mission College in Santa Clara. He holds a doctorate in leadership/higher education administration from the University of San Diego, and has more than 23 years of experience in the field of higher education.

Highline’s former president, Dr. Jack Bermingham, retired in August 2017 after serving in the role for more than 10 years. Dr. Jeff Wagnitz, the college’s vice president, will continue to serve as the interim president until Mosby joins the college, likely next month.

Approximately 17,000 students attend Highline, which was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. Approximately 70 percent of the attendees are students of color, making the college one of the most diverse in the state.