Jill Wakefield, Ed.D.


Dr. Jill Wakefield is the Chancellor Emeritus of Seattle Colleges, a three-college system with nearly 50,000 students. Jill was the longest serving and first female chancellor in the district’s history. During her career in Seattle, she worked as classified staff, faculty, and as an administrator in Student Affairs, Instruction, and Institutional Advancement. After starting in the Veterans Office, she led Institutional Research, Public Information, Fund Development and Instruction before being named as President of South Seattle Community College in 2003. In 2009, she was named Chancellor of the system. Jill is known for piloting the applied baccalaureate program in Washington State, initiating I-BEST (a nationally-recognized model in which students enroll concurrently in basic skills remediation and technical education), developing a regional health care innovation and training center, re-developing an apprenticeship training/business service center, and initiating student completion initiatives. She is currently completing a term as Interim President of Bellevue College, Washington State’s largest community college.