Plans for the campus and visions for future
Top dog, head honcho, the big cheese all of these titles mean one thing, person in charge.
Darren Pitcher, the acting president of SFCC is in charge of many different parts of the campus. He’s here to oversee campus operation, provide leadership and support the faculty of SFCC.
In fact, Pitcher is in charge of almost everything. He has gone through many different steps and positions to get from a community college student to taking on the role of acting president of the SFCC campus.
Pitcher is in charge of many different parts of the campus that affect everyone attending SFCC, but this isn’t where he started, not even close. His journey started at a community college in Montana. He took online classes while working full time. His community college experience was considered “non-traditional.”
“There wasn’t as many resources then,” said Pitcher. “There wasn’t any career counseling, there wasn’t an orientation, and no FASFA either.”
During his journey through community college he even changed his major. Through all of this, Pitcher said he had a great experience and that it “literally changed his life”.
He gained his major and ended up on the path to success. He obtained his doctorate in education leadership and change with an emphasis on community college leadership. He wants to give others a similar experience to what he had in college, he wants to give that back to the students.
That’s exactly how he found himself in the role of acting president. He was the vice president for thirteen years at a college in Montana. He then made a leap over to Spokane and got the job as vice president of student services for five years and then vice president of learning for the 2016-2017 school year. As a vice president he oversaw everything from Title IX to student services to campus management.
Though he loved being vice president, he was “not in the action as much” said Pitcher.
“Each of the positions have their own appeal,” said Pitcher. “I couldn’t pick between the two.”
He has a vision for this campus, he wants “to focus on what really matters,” said Pitcher.
He has a recipe for success, “focusing on employee care, operational excellence, student success, community connections and campus culture,” said Pitcher.
“Valuing the people, and letting them work so they can do what they love” is Pitcher’s idea for creating and improving the environment for the teaching staff and the rest of the employees on campus. Pitcher is a man with a plan, and plans on running for SFCC president this upcoming election.