WCC Board of Trustees

The governance of 
Community College District No. 21, Whatcom Community College, is vested in a five-person board of trustees. The trustees are appointed by the governor and serve five-year terms and/or until their successors are appointed, and must reside within the College's district boundaries.The Board's duties include setting the College's strategic direction, establishing policy for the College, awarding tenure, approving the operating budget and hiring the College President.

The Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees generally holds its meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm, unless changed by vote of the Board. Meetings are open to the public. At its annual June meeting, the Board elects a chairperson and vice-chairperson from the membership of the Board, and they serve for a term of one year. 

Left to Right:
  Tim Douglas, chair; Barbara Rofkar; Chuck Robinson; Sue Cole; Steve Adelstein and President Kathi Hiyane-Brown.

WCC Board of Trustees Meeting Schedules

WCC Board of Trustees Agenda Packets


Tim Douglas, Chair

Appointed in October 2008; reappointed October 2013; Board Vice Chair July 2013 to June 2014. Board Chair July 2014-June 2015.

Career Profile
Retired. Mayor of Bellingham, WA, Nov. 2006-Nov. 2007 and 1984-1996; Country Director, Russia for United States Peace Corps, 2000-2003; Director, Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, 1997-1999; Western Washington University Dean of Students and other administrative posts, 1967-1983.

Education Profile
M.S. Indiana University-Higher Education Administration and Educational Psychology 1968
B.A. Washington State University-Foreign Languages (Russian and Spanish) 1965

Community and Professional Affiliations
Past President of TACTC (Trustees Association of Commuity and Technical Colleges)2012-13; Past Board Chair, Board Member and Past President, North American Institute (NAMI) Headquartered in Santa Fe; served on trinational panel for North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation; 4 terms on Executive Board of Association of Washington Cities; Puget Sound Water Quality Authority Board; Kulshan Community Land Trust Board; Bellingham Maritime Museum
Board; and past President Whatcom Coalition for Healthy Communities.


Chuck Robinson, Vice Chair

Appointed in November 2005; reappointed  October 2010; Chair July 2010 to June 2011; Vice Chair July 2009 to June 2010, July 2014-June 2015.

Career Profile
Co-owner, with wife Dee, of Village Books and Paper Dreams (a card and gift store)

Education Profile
Master of Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Bachelor of Arts, Sioux Falls College (now University of Sioux Falls), Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Community and Professional Affiliations
Member, Board of Directors, Whatcom Community College Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation, LIBRIS Indemnity. former Community Food Coop; former member of Sustainable Connections, and the Whatcom County Ethics Commission; former member, City Club of Bellingham; Board of Directors, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (founding Vice-President of ABFFE); former President of Independent Booksellers Consortium, American Booksellers Association; former President, Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; former Board Membership and Presidency, The Fairhaven Association; Former Board Membership, Whatcom Convention and Visitors Bureau; past Chair, N. Cascades Institute, former Delegate to White House Conference on Small Business.


Steve Adelstein

Appointed in October 2006; reappointed 2011; Board Chair July 2011- June 2012; Vice Chair July 2010 to June 2011.

Career Profile
Partner, Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka, Attorney at Law

Education Profile
J.D. Gonzaga University; B.A., Political Science
Western Washington University, Cum Laude

Community and Professional Affiliations
Current President and member of the Rotary Club of Bellingham, Board Chair for the Board of Directors for the St. Luke's Foundation; former Director and Past President, Whatcom Volunteer Center; former Director Mt. Baker Theater; former Delegate for City of Bellingham, Downtown Development Association; Co-chair Mt. Baker Theater Campaign; former Chair, Citizen's Advisory Committee for School Bond and Levy, Bellingham School District #501; former Director, Western Foundation, Western Washington University; former Director and Past President, Interfaith Coalition; former Director, Law Advocates, Whatcom County; former Director, Red Cross; former Director, Visiting Nurse Home Health Care; former Director and Past President, Congregation Beth Israel; former Director, YMCA

Cole_2013_rounded.pngSue Cole

Appointed in October 2005; reappointed October 2009; Board Chair July 2013 to June 2014; Board Chair July 2009-June 2010;Vice Chair July 20012 to June 2013 and July 2008 to June 2009

Career Profile
Public Affairs Director, The Markets, LLC

Education Profile
BA in Journalism and Political Science, Western Washington University

Community and Professional Affiliations
Former chair, Bellingham Board of Adjustment; Board of Director on following Boards: St. Luke's Foundation, Interfaith Coalition, Bellingham Public Library, YWCA, and United Way; Vice chair, member  Bellingham Public School Foundation,  Whatcom Community Foundation, and RSVP; Honorary Member, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association; Editor, The Northern Light.

Barbara Rofkar

Appointed in November 2004; reappointed 2007 and 2012. Board Chair, July 2012-June 2013; Board Vice Chair, July 2011-June 2012; Board Chair July 2008-June 2009; Vice Chair 2006-June 2008.

Career Profile
Counselor and mediator with Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and private practice for 22 years; part-time faculty at WWU

Education Profile
MA and BA, Cultural Anthropology, Western Washington University, Minor: Psychology;
Registered Nursing Program-Flower Hospital, Toledo, Ohio

Community and Professional Affiliations
Founding board member of Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center; Chair, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force; American Red Cross. Past board activities: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Whatcom County; Governor's Executive Task Force on Support Enforcement; Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze; Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department; Whatcom Mental Health Board

Agendas and Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings for 2014

Agendas and Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings for 2013

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings for 2012

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings for 2011

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings for 2010

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings for 2009

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meetings for 2008

Archived minutes available upon request.