Dr. L. Marshall Washington
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Dr. L. Marshall Washington is a passionate advocate for maintaining the community college open door access mission, improving student learning and success outcomes, and creating opportunities for learning. Dr. Washington began his tenure as the third president of Kalamazoo Valley Community College on July 2, 2018. As the college’s new leader, he presides over a public institution with four campuses, which include student-run restaurants, state-of-the-art training facilities for health care careers and professional trades and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. He brings experience and passion for serving students, faculty, staff and the community to his role.
Dr. Washington previously served as President at New River Community and Technical College. He also served as Vice President and CEO at the Lancaster Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in Pennsylvania and Vice President of Student Services at Kellogg Community College in Michigan.
He received his doctorate in educational studies/specialization in educational leadership and higher education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska), a master’s degree in education from Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota), and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio). Dr. Washington and his wife of twenty-four years, Tonja, have three children, Lauren, Ethan, and Jordan.