Leadership Team

With direction from the Board of Trustees, the GHC Leadership Team leads day to day efforts at the college to support students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. James Minkler

James Minkler, Ph.D.

President

Appointed GHC President, July 1st, 2016. He most recently has been Vice President of Learning and Chief Academic Officer of Spokane Falls Community College. Minkler’s other career experience includes District Academic Service Officer and Dean of Instruction for Social Sciences, Philosophy and Transfer Education, all with the Community Colleges of Spokane. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration at the University of Idaho; Master of Arts in Philosophy at University of Idaho; and Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy at University of Idaho.

Exempt Team Organizational Chart
President Direct Reports & Area Functions

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Emily Lardner, Ph.D.

Vice President for Instruction

Before coming to Grays Harbor College in July 2018, Emily was the director of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education, based at The Evergreen State College. The Washington Center focuses on helping campus teams improve student learning and student success through the use of evidence-based practices. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Augustana College and an Master of Arts and Doctorate in English at the University of Michigan. After teaching writing for many years, she remains deeply committed to the importance of helping all students find their voices within and beyond academic settings.

Instruction Organizational Chart

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Jennifer Alt, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Services

Jennifer joined Grays Harbor College in February 2018 having previously been the Dean of Student Services at Sierra Joint Community College District in Rocklin California. She has a wealth of experience in Student Services, including significant work with under-represented and non-traditional students. Jennifer herself is a first-generation college student. Jennifer has her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Reno; a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelors of Arts (summa cum laude, double major) in Sociology and Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus.

Student Services Organizational Chart

Nicholas Lutes, Vice President for Administrative Services

Nicholas Lutes

Vice President for Administrative Services

Nicholas has 25 plus years of experience in governmental management and finance. A 1991 graduate of Florida State University, with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs, he spent the first nine years of his career as a budget analyst with the City of Durham, North Carolina. In 2000, he moved to the state of Washington, working as a budget analyst for the Department of Social and Health Services and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 2004 he joined the Office of Financial Management as a Senior Analyst for Health Care in the budget office of Governor Gregoire. After a seven year tenure with OFM, he moved to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, where he served as the Operating Budget Director. Nicholas joined Grays Harbor College in the fall of 2017.

Administrative Services Organizational Chart 

Darin Jones, Chief Executive for Human Resources

Darin Jones, M.H.R.

Chief Executive for Human Resources

Darin was appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Grays Harbor College in July 2014. He served as the Chief HR officer at Westminster College in Salt Lake City for 11 years prior to arriving at GHC. He also worked as an HR professional in the medical management and consulting fields prior to moving to the higher education environment. He has served as the primary Risk Management officer at both GHC and Westminster College. He has training and experience with process improvement using Lean and Six Sigma. He earned a master’s degree in Human Resources from the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the school of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University.

Human Resources Organizational Chart

Andrew Glass, Chief Executive of Information Technology

Andrew Glass, M.B.A.

Chief Executive of Information Technology

Andrew first attended college at Pierce College earning his DTA and transferring to Western Washington University where he graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources in 2005.  He then went on to earn his M.B.A. (summa cum laude) from Brandman University in 2015.  Mr. Glass worked in Information Technology in the private sector for three years before moving into the public sector at Pierce College.  He worked at Pierce College for nine years and was the Director of Information Technology Integration before accepting the Chief Executive of Information Technology position in 2016.

Information Technology Organizational Chart

Chief of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning

Kristy Anderson, M.P.A.

Chief of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning

A native of Poulsbo, Washington, Kristy Anderson graduated from Western Washington University in 1995 and went on to earn an M.P.A. in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College in 1997.  Ms. Anderson started her professional career in the Planning Unit of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.  She worked for 13 years at Olympic College serving as the Associate Dean for Planning, Assessment and Research. During this time she led the college’s Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chaired the Outcomes Assessment Committee, and was responsible for Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness programs to support Student Achievement.  From 2010-2013, Ms. Anderson was the Director of Planning, Assessment & Research at the College of the Siskiyous in Northern California, where she served as the college’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning Organizational Chart

Keith Penner, Chief of Campus Operations

Keith Penner

Chief of Campus Operations

Keith joined Grays Harbor College in 2012. A native of the northeast, he has owned and operated a number of private corporations, focusing on the retail sector. He has extensive experience in higher education, having worked at the University of Maryland-College Park, Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Columbia University. He has held a number of operational and administrative roles, overseeing auxiliary enterprises, construction, contracting and security.