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Jean Floten | Chancellor, Western Governors University Washington

Jean Floten | Chancellor, Western Governors University Washington

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2011, Jean Floten has been the Chancellor of WGU Washington (an affiliate of Western Governors University). This followed 22 years at Bellevue College where she served as the institution’s President and CEO. Floten took the reins at BC after 15 years at Edmonds Community College, where she rose to serve as the Dean of Educational Services.

Having dedicated her career to postsecondary education, Chancellor Floten was drawn to WGU Washington’s mission of expanding access to affordable higher education for all Washington residents. Under her leadership, WGU Washington has experienced more than a 600 percent enrollment increase, becoming the largest WGU affiliate in the nation.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Chancellor Floten holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. She has taught speech, communication skills, and forensics at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University.

Chancellor Floten’s most recent awards include Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People; the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa Pathfinder Award, Business and Professional Women of Washington and Bellevue Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year Award, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Shirley B. Gordon Presidential Award of Distinction; Certificate of Appreciation for Community Leadership and Development, the Bellevue Rotary; the John L. Blackburn Award for Exemplary Models of Administrative Leadership; Best of Bellevue – Best Improvement to Educational Opportunities Award; Puget Sound Business Journal Women of Influence Award; ACT Pacific Region Equity Award; ACCT Charles Kennedy Equity Award; Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization – NAFSA Association of International Educators; Bellevue Chamber’s Eastside Economic Leadership Award; Washington Research Council’s Pathfinder Award, the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges President’s Award, Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District VIII, and the Public Official of the Year award by the Municipal League of King County.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Recognized as a leader in higher education, Chancellor Floten is often called upon to speak throughout Washington state, the nation and internationally on technology, education, funding, innovations in teaching, diversity, student access and other education issues.

You can follow and connect with Chancellor Floten on Twitter at @jeanfloten.

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