Northwest NEWS

June 15, 1998


New president for Cascadia

   BOTHELL--Dr. Victoria Munoz Richart will be the new president of Cascadia Community College in Bothell. Richart, currently Vice Chancellor of Educational Services with the Los Angeles Community College District, was chosen by Cascadia's Board of Trustees June 2. "The presidency of Cascadia Community College presents a unique opportunity for the establishment of the education protocol for the 21st Century," said Richart. "I look forward to the opportunity to lead the creation of such a model in close collaboration with the University of Washington."
   Cascadia is expected to open in Bothell by the year 2000 on a shared campus with the UW. David Habura, Cascadia's first president, announced last fall he would be resigning. The college began a nation-wide search for a new president last January. Almost 60 completed applications were turned in. The Board interviewed 10 candidates before making their decision.
   Richart has served the Los Angeles college district for the past 22 years including campus assignments as dean of instruction and academic vice president. She earned a BA and Masters of Education from the University of Texas, and completed her Doctorate in Education at UCLA. Richart was born and raised in Mexico City. She served as an interpreter during the 1968 Olympic Games there, and a commissioner for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. She has authored several short stories, plays and screenplays, and is finishing the last draft of a novel. Her appointment is effective July 13. She will be paid $115,000 a year.