Dave Cunningham is the new Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education at Shoreline community College.
“Shoreline is a major community college in the state, has terrific programs already in place and innovative leadership,” Cunningham said Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. “Shoreline is a leader in partnerships, with the work that Don Schultz has done there. Getting an opportunity to work with all those people, who wouldn’t want to come there?”
Cunningham's own pedigree is pretty impressive, including eight years as dean and other workforce-related positions at Lake Washington Technical College and 14 years at North Seattle Community College. He is the president of the state Workforce Educational Council.
Besides workforce experiences, Cunningham is well-versed in accreditation and grants.
“While it was a team effort, I was heavily involved with Lake Washington accreditation effort, which we’ve just completed,” Cunningham said. In his current position, he is Lake Washington’s lead for grant writing and major grant administration.
His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, which explains the still-noticeable brogue, attended both Edmonds Community College and the former Washington Technical Institute and has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Washington.
Cunningham said one of main reasons he wanted to come to SCC was for the positives that change can bring. “My experience has been that when you change the situation, creativity can break loose in new ways,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that.”
Cunningham’s first day at SCC is scheduled for Nov. 16.