George Bridges, the current president of Whitman College and a former vice provost at the University of Washington, is one of four finalists for president of The Evergreen State College.
Almost a year ago, Bridges announced his departure from Whitman at the end of this academic year. He has been president of the small liberal arts college in Walla Walla for 10 years.
Other finalists are:
- Rhona Free, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University. Free has served as director of the Center for Educational Excellence at the university, as well as working as a professor in the department of economics.
- Margaret Madden, provost and vice president for academic affairs at State University of New York at Potsdam, where she is also a tenured professor of psychology.
- Luis Pedraja, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles. He previously was vice president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Trustees at the small state school in Olympia, which is best known for a nontraditional curriculum and not giving letter grades, expect to make a selection and job offer in March.
Evergreen’s current president, Les Purce, is retiring this summer. He has served as president there since 2000.