Yoshiko Harden, Ed.D. interim president

Dr. Yoshiko HardenDr. Yoshiko Harden (she, her, hers) currently serves as interim president of Seattle Central College during the college’s transition in the office of the President. Her permanent role is as the Vice President for Student Services at Central. In this role she provides leadership over student services’ units such as, Student Development, Student Success, Enrollment and Registration, and Guided Pathways.

Formerly she served as the Vice President for Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Bellevue College. There she led college-wide initiatives to address inequity in recruitment, hiring, professional development for faculty and staff, Title IX/VAWA, and the college’s bias response team. Dr. Harden was formerly the Director of Multicultural Services and Student Development at Highline College.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, San Diego in Communications and Women’s Studies, a M.Ed from Seattle University in Student Development Administration and a doctorate in Education from Northeastern University in Higher Education Policy. Her research interests and expertise center on Black Males in Community and Technical Colleges, Racial Microaggressions, and Critical Race Theory.