MOSES LAKE — Amy Parris has been appointed to the Big Bend Community College Board of Trustees. Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed the appointment last week. Parris replaces former Trustee Stephen McFadden who left Big Bend to become the director of economic development for the Port of Pasco nearly a year ago.
Parris has worked with the Othello School District in Adams County for more than two decades as a counselor and currently as the Director of School to Career. She also served on the most recent presidential search committee that recommended the hiring of current BBCC President Dr. Sara Thompson Tweedy.
“I am very interested in supporting the goal of Dr. Tweedy to increase the BBCC student enrollment from our Adams County population centers. As the Othello School District’s Director of School to Career, it is within my purview to research, advocate and promote this vision,” Parris said. “Dr. Tweedy is interested in bringing our Adams County students back to BBCC as the trend in recent years has been for many of our graduates to enroll at other community colleges or 4-year universities. In the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with many educators from BBCC to articulate high school classes for college credit. This has promoted the college as well as enhanced students’ and family’s knowledge of the BBCC programs.”
Parris participated remotely in a brief special Board of Trustees session on Monday afternoon and will attend her first regular session on October 28.
“I have seen many improvements in the course offerings and in the facilities over the past few years and I am inspired by the vision of this group and with Dr. Tweedy’s passion and grit for continuing to improve the opportunities and reputation of Big Bend Community College.”