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Board of Trustees

Appointed by the governor of Washington, our five-member board of trustees oversees administration, strategic planning and policy development for Community Colleges of Spokane.
CCS trustees serve five-year terms and were most recently appointed in 2017.

Bridget Piper - Chair

Bridget PiperBridget Piper, community volunteer and former Sterling Savings Bank officer for 22 years, retiring as vice president of training and leadership development in 2009. In Spokane, she currently is vice president of the Spokane Symphony Society Endowment Board, board president of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, and a member of the KPBX-FM public radio Capital Campaign Task Force. She also is a member of the Humanities Washington Board.

Previously, Piper served as president of the Spokane Symphony Endowment Board, Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees, KPBX Public Radio Board of Directors and Junior League of Spokane. She also has been an active volunteer with Women Helping Women, Fox Theater, Christmas Tree Elegance and Washington State Arts Commission.

Piper is a past recipient of Sterling Savings Bank’s Community Award (1989), the YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award in Arts and Culture (1999) and Junior League’s Outstanding Sustainer (2001).

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Piper has a bachelor’s degree in education. She also holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Trustee Piper began her first five-year term with the CCS Board of Trustees in October 2010. She was reappointed for a second five-year by Gov. Jay Inslee in October 1, 2015.

Glenn Johnson - Vice Chair

Greg BeverGlenn Johnson, who is on his fourth term as Mayor of Pullman, was appointed by the Governor as a CCS trustee in February, 2018.  He is proud to say he is a community college graduate (Modesto Jr. College) and taught at Sacramento City College as an adjunct.

He is now a Professor Emeritus from Washington State University and taught courses in television news and communications management, among others in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication since 1979.  He retired in 2014 but is still the “Voice of the Cougs,” serving as the public address announcer for Cougar football and men’s basketball since 1980.

Johnson chairs the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport board that has a major $119 million runway project underway.  He also chair of the Employee Benefit Trust, a self-insurance pool that covers employees in over 240 cities and special districts.  It is part of the Association of Washington Cities that represents all 281 cities in the state.  He is past president of that organization and served on its board until 2013.

He serves on the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB); the board of Municipal Research and Service Center in Seattle; United Way of Pullman; Community Action Center of Whitman County; the Palouse Free Clinic and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. He has been chair of Pullman’s Fourth of July celebration since 1998 and currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters. He is a member of Rotary, and its past president, and Kiwanis.

Johnson continues to volunteer with the Pullman Fire Department as their public information officer and has been on call with the PFD since 2000.  He was PIO of the Pullman Police Department from 1998 to 2003.  Before becoming mayor, Johnson was on the Board of Commissioners for Pullman Memorial Hospital (now Pullman Regional Hospital), from 1998-2003.

After earning his AA degree, he received a BA from Sacramento State University, a master’s degree from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Iowa.  Johnson was a broadcaster and news reporter in California, including Los Angeles and Sacramento, and managed two radio stations in Sacramento for four years prior to moving to Pullman.     

Trustee Johnson began his first four-year term with the CCS Board of Trustees on February 5, 2018.

Beth Thew

Beth ThewBeth Thew, retired secretary-treasurer for the Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO, was appointed to the board of trustees in fall 2013. 

An active advocate for labor and workforce development in the region, Thew is a member and past vice-chair of the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and a commissioner with the Washington State Economic Development Commission. She also serves on Spokane Area Workforce Development Council and United Way of Spokane County Board of Directors.

She served as a member of the Washington Learns Higher Education Task Force; Washington State Labor Council, where she chaired its education, training and apprenticeship committee and economic development, transportation and job committee; and American Red Cross, Inland Northwest Chapter Board of Directors.

In the community, Thew is active in Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51.

She has volunteered for Boy Scouts of America Troop 2 and the International Order of Job’s Daughters, where she received the organizations Evergreen Award for outstanding adult volunteer/involvement in 1997.

Trustee Thew began her five-year term with the CCS Board of Trustees on November 20, 2013.

Mike Wilson

Mike WilsonMike Wilson comes to the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees with years of experience in health care management, including Providence Health Care, where he was the chief executive officer for two years.

Following nine years with Veterans Administration Medical Centers in California, Washington — including Spokane — and Washington, D.C., Wilson settled permanently in the Lilac City as a vice president at Holy Family Hospital from 1982 to 1984. From there, he served as the hospital’s president and chief executive officer from 1984 to 1988.

In June 1988, he was named vice president at Sacred Heart Medical Center (SHMC) in Spokane, serving in that capacity until August 1991. During this time, he was instrumental in building and opening The Heart Institute and helped to establish Inland Northwest Health Services.

From August 1991 to March 2000, Wilson served as chief operating officer for SHMC, and later became president and CEO from 2000 to 2006. During this time, SHMC built its regional Children’s Hospital, and Providence Health Care Eastern Washington also was established with Wilson taking on the role of executive vice president.

In January 2006, Wilson was named chief executive and president for SHMC and Children’s Hospital. Following a reorganization at Providence in 2008, Wilson was named president and chief executive of Holy Family in Spokane, in addition to his role at SHMC.

In 2009, the Sisters of Providence congregation awarded Wilson the Mother Joseph Award, which is given to leaders who demonstrate the mission, values and commitment to the poor. In 2012, he also received the Joe Hopkins Award from the Washington State Hospital Association for his work in making a difference in health care in Washington.

Wilson briefly retired from Providence in 2009 but returned in 2012 to serve as CEO while the organization conducted a search for a permanent replacement. In the interim, he provided consulting services to numerous regional health care providers. In January 2014, Wilson handed the role of CEO to his successor and remained as a senior adviser through the end of the year. He remains a health care consultant to this day.

Wilson has been active in the community, and on state and regional boards and committees for more than 25 years. He currently chairs the advisory board for the University of Washington School of Medicine at Gonzaga University. He’s also on the board of trustees for Kaiser Permanente in Washington.

Wilson was also a member of the CCS Foundation Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008, and served as the community chair for the United Way Campaign in 2014.

Wilson has a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and a master’s degree in business and public administration with a focus on health care from Southeastern University in Washington D.C.

Wilson began his term on the CCS Board of Trustees on October 2013, filling an unexpired term. He was reappointed for a five-year term by Gov. Jay Inslee in October 2014.

Steven Yoshihara

Governor Jay Inslee selected Steven Yoshihara, Senior Vice President for Washington Trust, to serve on the Board of Trustees for Community Colleges of Spokane. Yoshihara has worked in banking for nearly 40 years and currently works with businesses whose credit needs range from $250,000 to $25 million.

Yoshihara is familiar with CCS, having graduated from Spokane Falls Community College in 1977. He served on the SFCC Business Advisory Committee and his four sons also attended SFCC. Yoshihara and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga in 1979 where he played on their baseball team.

Yoshihara is a long-time business and community leader in Spokane, moving here from Hawaii the year after he graduated from high school. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Union Gospel Mission and the Fairmount Memorial Association. He also has served on the boards of the Salvation Army, the YMCA, Rockwood Retirement Communities, and the Washington State Board of Accountancy. He is a 1986 Leadership Spokane graduate and was a Downtown Spokane central advisory member.