Dr. Amy Morrison Goings is Lake Washington Institute of Technology's ninth president. She joined LWTech in July of 2013.
As a first generation college graduate and passionate advocate for workforce education, Dr. Morrison Goings has committed her career to supporting students in achieving their educational goals.
Prior to coming to LWTech, Dr. Morrison Goings served for nearly ten years in vice presidential roles including advancement as well as campus operations at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington. There she was instrumental in advocating for students on the state and federal level as well as ensuring that students had state-of-the art facilities in which to complete their education, including the construction of a 55,000-square-foot Allied Health Building. Morrison Goings also served as adjunct faculty.
Dr. Morrison Goings began her community and technical college career at Bates Technical College where she was responsible for legislative advocacy as well as leading the Bates Technical College Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with scholarships and emergency resources.
Prior to her community and technical college career, Morrison Goings served as the Deputy Director in the Office of Congressman Norm Dicks with responsibility for higher education and workforce outreach.
She received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in December 2013 as part of the National Community College Leadership Cohort. Her dissertation focused on the importance of student completion (earning a credential such as a degree or certificate) for students pursuing a workforce or technical degree. She received her Masters of Public Administration at The Evergreen State College and her undergraduate degree at Mills College.
Dr. Morrison Goings serves on the Board of One Redmond and is a member of Redmond Rotary. She lives in Kirkland with her son William.
Vice President of Administrative Services
William Thomas has more than 28 years of experience working in the community and technical colleges in the state of Washington. He served as the Assistant to the Dean of Instruction at Highline Community College from 1978 to 1985. In 1988, Mr. Thomas began working as a Budget Program Specialist at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and continued his work there until 1991 when he was appointed Director of Finance for Bates Technical College. While employed at Bates, he was promoted to Vice President, Administrative Services in 2001 and continued serving in this capacity until 2007. Mr. Thomas came to Lake Washington Institute of Technology in the fall of 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Vice President, Administrative Services, one year later. As Vice President, he oversees financial and budget services, facilities including capital projects, purchasing, contract administration, and risk management.
Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Washington State University and is a past President of the Business Affairs Commission.
Vice President of Instruction
Dr. Stern joined LWTech in September 2015 after serving as Dean of Allied Health programs at Everett Community College and Dean of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Edmonds Community College. Prior to becoming an administrator, he was a tenured Biology Instructor, recognized for excellence in teaching and student-centered approaches. Dr. Stern was President of the Faculty Senate and began an Honors Program at Everett Community College.
He earned a medical degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from University of Michigan. He practiced as a health law litigator in Detroit for seven years before moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a new career in Higher Education.
Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Ruby Hayden has served LWTech since 2002 in several positions including Career Specialist for Advising and College Transfer, Coordinator for Advising and Retention, Director for Student Development and Retention, and Dean of Students. She has also served as an Academic Advisor at Whatcom Community College, and in Residence Life positions at Western Washington University, and Humboldt State University. She has college level teaching experience at four different institutions, serves as an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and has authored or co-authored several academic and professional publications and presentations.
Dr. Hayden has a Ph.D. in Education Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Washington, a M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration from Western Washington University, and a B.A. in English & Spanish from Humboldt State University. She earned a Certificate of Completion from Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) in 2010.