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Leadership

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) is comprised of two colleges, Spokane Community College (SCC)
and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC).

The district is led by Chancellor Christine Johnson, PhD.
The colleges are lead by acting presidents Kevin Brockbank, EdD at SCC and Nancy Fair-Szofran, PhD at SFCC.

Christine Johnson, PhD

Chancellor - Community Colleges of Spokane

 

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) Chancellor Christine Johnson is charged with leading a complex district that spans six counties over a 12,300 square mile area. It includes Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College, as well as rural learning centers, Head Start/Early Learning centers and more than 2,300 employees.

Dr. Johnson serves on the Washington STEM Board of Directors and is a Washington STEM Alliance governor’s appointee. She is on the Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) Executive Committee, Gonzaga University Board of Trustees, Eastern Washington University Advisory Council and Washington State University Medical School President’s Advisory Council.

At the national level, Dr. Johnson’s service includes the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, Achieving the Dream (AtD), Viridis Educational Advisory Council,  Western Governors University Academic Affairs Council, Completion Arch Presidents’ Advisory Council, American Association of Community College’s 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and 21st Century Initiative – Implementation Team: Community College/K-12 Collaboration for College Readiness and CAEL.

Dr. Johnson has built strong business partnerships as STEM co-chair for Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), as a member of the Governor’s State of Washington STEM Innovation Alliance, the cochairperson of AirSpokane.

Prior to joining CCS in 2010, Dr. Johnson’s career included more than 30 years of teaching, administration, leadership and policy development. Beginning as a high school teacher, she went on to be a nationally recognized urban high school principal, the executive director of K-12 education for Littleton Public Schools, CO., and was recognized as Colorado Principal of the Year in 1986. She was the director of urban initiatives for the Education Commission of the States and special assistant to the provost at University of Colorado Denver, chief academic officer for Colorado Community College System and president of Community College of Denver.

Dr. Johnson earned a doctorate in educational administration and supervision and master’s degree in curriculum administration from the University of Colorado Boulder, and bachelor’s in secondary education from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

Kevin Brockbank, EdD

Acting President - Spokane Community College

 

Brockbank joined Community Colleges of Spokane in 2015 as vice provost of strategic initiatives in the district office.

In his vice provost role, Brockbank successfully led major projects and initiatives including developing a new partnership with the Spokane business community to educate adult learners in the workforce, expanding the global education program, organizing significant international delegation visits and traveling to India to build new partnerships.

Prior to joining CCS, Brockbank worked as dean of the School of Applied Technologies and Professional Development at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.  The school consists of three divisions serving about 10,000 students annually.

He also worked in leadership roles at Missoula College, a two-year college with the University of Montana, and at Helena College with the University of Montana.

In 2017, he completed his doctorate in educational leadership through the University of Montana, where he also earned his master’s degree in education-curriculum studies and his bachelor’s degree in business and information technology education.

Brockbank serves as acting president for a year while a nationwide search is conducted. He replaces former SCC President Ryan Carstens, who has taken a position with the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.

Nancy Fair-Szofran, PhD

Acting President - Spokane Falls Community College

 

Nancy Fair-Szofran is the college district’s provost and chief learning officer, a position she will return to following this temporary assignment. She joined CCS in 2012 as the provost. Prior to that, she was the interim library dean and vice president of research, planning and institutional effectiveness at Mt. Hood Community College.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Northeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in library/information science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Idaho.