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WWU hires director of operations for Kitsap, Olympic peninsulas

Candice Merrill has been hired as Western Washington University’s director of operations on the peninsulas.

She will manage operations and programs at the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo, which is a collaboration between the two schools. The third partner in the regional alliance is Peninsula College in Port Angeles.

The three schools share a vision to serve the community and businesses on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Through the partnership, Western offers a variety of degree programs, professional development opportunities, a lecture series, and programs for youth grades K-12.

 “I am delighted that Candice is joining the Extended Education team as director of Western on the peninsulas,” said Earl Gibbons, vice provost at WWU. “She has extensive experience in building partnerships and meeting the educational needs of her community.”

Merrill has 12 years of experience helping campuses adapt to the changing needs of students and assisting distance and adult learners navigate university systems. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana, and a certificate in Distance Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the partnership in service to the peninsulas. I am excited to get to know the faculty, staff and students who will define this exciting new venture,” Merrill said. “I believe we can bring the Western experience to the peninsulas and serve them well.”

Joining Merrill at the WWU Center at OC in Poulsbo is Kathy Johnson, who will will be manager for Western on the peninsulas. She will oversee the administrative and operational functions for WWU programs.

A former Kitsap resident, Johnson has worked for Western for over 13 years, during which she served as the undergraduate adviser for Huxley College and curriculum, assessment and records manager for Fairhaven College.

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