Topic: Shoreline Community College
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September 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM
The man accused of killing Shoreline Community College Professor Troy Wolff in an uprovoked knife attack Sept. 13 in Pioneer Square pleaded not guilty this morning to charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
Donnell D. Jackson said nothing during his brief arraignment.
He is accused of attacking Wolff’s girlfriend, Kristin Ito, and then killing Wolff when he intervened. The couple had just left a Seattle Sounders match and were walking near Third Avenue South and South Jackson Street around 10:30 p.m. when they were randomly attacked by the armed stranger, police said.
Wolff, 46, died from his injuries the following day. Ito has been released from the hospital.
Jackson, 44, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of at $2 million bail.
According to charging papers, Jackson claims to be schizophrenic and is homeless. During an earlier hearing, public defender Maureen McKee said Jackson “suffers from an extreme mental illness.”
Jackson told detectives he arrived in Seattle about six months ago and has been off his medication for the past four months. It’s unclear why Jackson came to Seattle, violating probation in California following an arson conviction.
His brother, Derrick Jackson, suspects he came here to try to re-establish contact with the mother of his young daughter, even though he and his former girlfriend “aren’t on good terms” and she wouldn’t let him see the baby, he said.
However, a relative of the woman said that Jackson’s former girlfriend had no idea he was now living here.
May 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., has lured away Shoreline Community College’s president, Lee Lambert, effective July 1, both colleges announced Friday.
Pima is much larger than Shoreline, with six campuses serving 85,000 credit and non-credit students, Lambert said. He will be paid $290,000 a year in Arizona, compared with around $187,000 at Shoreline.
Lambert said his main motivation for the job change is “having a larger platform to drive the things I care about,” such as raising low math levels, and closing the “achievement gap” for lower-income or limited-English speaking students. Also, Lambert said he would help Pima develop its relatively new programs dealing with climate change, including solar and renewable power technologies.
Lambert also criticized the low level of state support and rising tuition in Washington, saying this state is reducing access to some would-be community college students. “They [Pima] have resources to do things, that we don’t have here in Washington,” he said.
Lambert, a 1992 Seattle University law graduate, was among four finalists to become chancellor in Arizona. Shoreline’s trustees had tried to keep him home. Pima is currently on two-year probation, from an accreditation board, for lapses in board oversight and financial management, as well as sexual harassment claims against a former chancellor. Lambert, 50, said he’s not fazed by that. “I love challenge. When you have an opportunity to go to the eighth-largest community college district in the country, challenges don’t get any larger than that.”
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