Dr. Jean Hernandez

Dr. Jean Hernandez is a Leadership Coach for Achieving the Dream and a Guided Pathways Coach for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

In 2017 Jean retired from Edmonds Community College with the title of President Emeritus, completing seven years as president.  She advanced and improved student success and completions through excellent educational programs and support resources. She is known as a student success champion who effectively engaged diverse groups of employees in organizational change, using a systems approach and a culture of evidence to effect decision making. 

Jean is an innovative and visionary leader.  When she became president, Jean recognized the importance of becoming an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college and received funding from College Spark Washington in 2011.  Four years later, EdCC becoming an ATD Leader College and began the journey of redesigning its curriculum and student services to implement a Guided Pathways model. 

In 2012 she served on the STEM Careers for Women and Girls panel, hosted by the White House Office of Technology and Science Policy.  After EdCC received a Department of Labor grant to implement the Competency-Based Education (CBE) model, Jean was invited by Western Governors’ University and Gates Foundation to participate in presidents’ roundtables and convening sessions on integrating CBE models into the curriculum.

Prior to her role as president at EdCC, Jean worked at three community colleges in various administrative roles including Interim President and Vice Chancellor, Vice President of Instruction, and Instructional Dean, totaling twenty plus years of experience.  She taught multicultural studies for two years as a community college faculty member, and eighteen years as a university administrator in student services and human resources. 

Jean is strongly committed to removing barriers for students.  She and her spouse created two 2nd Chance Scholarships at EdCC for students who have experienced homelessness or been formerly incarcerated. In addition, Hernandez was instrumental in creating a partnership with the Washington Department of Corrections to fund a Next Steps Reentry program at the college to support the transition of formerly incarcerated women and men.

After her retirement, she served as interim president at Pierce College Puyallup.  She continues to be active on the College Spark Washington Board, the Rotary Club of Lynnwood, the Rotary Club of Lynnwood Foundation Board, and Western Governors University Washington’s Advisory Board.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from the University of North Texas, as well as a Doctor of Education from the University of Washington.

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