Phillip Barrett has joined the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees.
“I’m looking forward to serving,” said Barrett, senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer for RealNetworks Home Entertainment. “Community colleges fulfill a very important role. A particular focus for me will be efforts in educating the workforce.”
A Shoreline resident, Barrett is also vice president, treasurer and secretary of the Barrett Family Foundation, which has been a strong supporter of public schools. He and his wife volunteer at the public school attended by their children.
“The college is fortunate to have his combination of vision, business expertise and community commitment on the Board of Trustees,” said SCC President Lee Lambert. “Higher education is facing new challenges and I look forward to Trustee Barrett’s leadership.”
Barrett joined the five-member board following his appointment Monday, March 8, 2010, by Gov. Chris Gregoire. He is taking over the spot held by Richard Stucky, whose term expired in September. Stucky had continued to serve until an appointment could be made.
“I’ve enjoyed my five-plus years on the board,” said Stucky, a respected community member and former Shoreline School District educator. “I feel I was a contributing member of the board through some difficult times.”
Lambert praised Stucky’s service and support.
“Dick always had the best interests of the students and the college at heart,” Lambert said. “I very much appreciate his leadership and the time and work he gave to the college.”
Barrett attended high school in Honolulu, earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Rutgers University and a master’s in computer science in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin. Before his current position with RealNetworks Home Entertainment, he held positions as senior strategic adviser and senior vice president of consumer products at RealNetworks. He was also development manager/group manager at Microsoft. Barrett worked as an engineer for Intel near Portland, Ore. He also taught classes for Portland Community College that were located at Intel.
Barrett also found time to take a break.
“I joined RealNetworks to run software development and was responsible for RealAudio, the first streaming media server and player,” Barrett said in an online profile. “I was also responsible for the creation of the Real Jukebox product. Later, I ran the Consumer Products group. I took early retirement to spend time with my pre-teen kids.”
Lambert said Barrett’s first Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled to be March 17.