Office of the President
Welcome to Seattle Central College, one of the most diverse institutions of higher learning in the state of Washington. Immediately apparent to visitors and others new to our college is the energy and vitality of this special place. We are located in the heart of Seattle and the thriving, exciting neighborhood of Capitol Hill.
Our paramount focus has been, and always will be, the success of our students, both in education and in life. We are an integral part of our community, our city and our region, providing access to higher education for thousands of students. And we are partners in economic and social development. We educate, among others, the nurses who care for us, the IT professionals who build our networks, the mariners who sail our ferries and many others who are pursuing a variety of professions that propel our economy forward.
Become a part of the Seattle Central community:
I invite you to explore these pages and discover for yourself the great riches to be found here. Yet the real keys to the Seattle Central experience lie within our community. Speak to our faculty and staff, and you'll quickly discover their dedication and passion in helping our students grow and thrive. Talk with our students, and you will meet active learners who are discovering new ways to purposefully engage with the world, as they seek to improve their lives and those of others. It won't take long for you to discover what makes our campus so exceptional.
Dr. Lane has held a variety of faculty and administrative appointments at the Seattle Colleges, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, and Vanderbilt University. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College in California. At Seattle Central, Dr. Lane previously served as Executive Vice President of Instruction, Finance and Planning; Vice President of Instruction, Executive Dean for Academic Affairs; and Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in addition to teaching classes in English, Humanities, and Gender and Women Studies.
In his career, Dr. Lane received a national fellowship on digital learning from the Association of Chief Academic Officers and led many efforts to increase adaptive and competency-based learning and flexible teaching and learning modalities. Among his many accomplishments, he has launched large-scale faculty development programs around increasing equity and developed affinity groups and mentoring programs for faculty of color, and implemented guided pathways equitably through the inclusion of student voices and initiatives that center the experiences of Black and Latinx college students.
Dr. Lane holds a master's degree in Teaching, Learning, and Diversity from Peabody College at Vanderbilt and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture and Gender Studies from Indiana University.
Friday, November 10, 2023
Veterans Day recognizes the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918, a date originally called Armistice Day, which officially marked the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 to observe this day annually, and in 1938 the day became a national holiday. By 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed to event to Veterans Day to honor all Americans who have honorably served the country during wartime or peacetime.
On this day, we thank veterans for their service and sacrifice. We also recognize our Seattle Central veteran faculty, staff, and students as an important part of our community. On this day, I am especially reminded that providing an accessible, responsive education to our veteran students is a foundational part of our college’s mission.
I also want to highlight Seattle Central’s Veterans Support Program, which assists veteran students, their dependents, and partners with the tools they need to successfully navigate college and transition to civilian careers. Kerry Holifield, Jr. is our Veteran Program Coordinator/Advisor and is an amazing resource for our students.
In 1954, during Eisenhower’s first Veterans Day proclamation, he wrote:
“Let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
Dr. Solemsaas at North Seattle College also shared the website for Veterans for Peace, an organization founded in 1985 by U.S. veterans in response to the global nuclear arms race and U.S. military interventions in Central America.
It seems equally important as we honor our veterans for their service and courage, that we also commit to advocating for global peace and toward having a clearer understanding of the cost of war. This Veterans Day, a national holiday that celebrates peace, not conflict, let’s imagine how we can best act to advance justice and peace in our community and around the world.
Bradley Lane, PhD
Seattle Central College