David Rule, the president of Bellevue College for the last three years, has resigned.
David Rule, the president of Bellevue College for three years, has resigned, the college announced late Wednesday.
Board of Trustees President Lisa Chin described it as a mutual decision and an amicable parting, and said the trustees had decided the college needed a different kind of leader.
“The way we came to this mutually, it was really about fit for the college, what we really think is best for our students and community,” she said, adding, “We’ve been discussing this for almost a year now.”
Rule has been president of the state’s largest community college since January 2013. He came here from the Rock Creek campus of Portland Community College, where he worked for five years, and was known for a folksy, unorthodox style.
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In a short letter of resignation, Rule praised the college, calling it an “amazing institution,” and said he wished only the best for the school. He does not have another job lined up, Chin said.
Trustees appointed two acting co-presidents to immediately serve at the helm: Gita Bangera, the interim vice president of instruction, and Aaron Hilliardas, vice president of human resources. The board will pick an acting president at a later date and develop a process for a presidential search in the coming months, Chin said.
Bellevue College’s longtime president, Jean Floten, left in August 2011. The college’s first search for a replacement was scrapped when the trustees couldn’t come to a consensus on a final candidate.
Chin said Rule will receive a severance equal to one year of his current salary, about $225,000 a year.