Jean Hernandez, Mike Schindler appointed to advisory positions

Sep 15, 2018

WGU Washington, the online, nonprofit university, has announced the appointment of two people to its advisory board who are well-known in Edmonds: Jean Hernandez and Mike Schindler.

Hernandez, president emeritus of Edmonds Community College, has been a leader in higher education for more than three decades.

“Throughout her career in higher learning, Jean has worked tirelessly to increase access to educational opportunities for underserved populations and members of the military community,” said WGU Washington Chancellor Tonya Drake, a former colleague of Hernandez’s at Edmonds CC.

“Her principles align well with the mission of our university. I have always admired Jean’s unwavering commitment to education, and I am confident she will be a valuable addition to our board.”

Hernandez served as the Edmonds CC president for seven years before retiring in December. Under her leadership, the college joined the Achieving the Dream (ATD) network, and later became an ATD Leader College, which is the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history.

After her retirement, Hernandez served as interim president at Pierce College Puyallup. Now she works as a Leadership Coach for Achieving the Dream and a Guided Pathways Coach for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

She continues to be active on the College Spark Washington Board, Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County Board, and the Rotary Club of Lynnwood.

WGU Washington’s Advisory Board was established in 2011 to provide counsel to the chancellor on state-specific needs and trends and to help shape the direction and continued success of the university.

Edmonds resident Schindler is a U.S. Navy veteran, Operation Military Family Cares CEO and author.

“With Mike’s leadership on the advisory board, we look forward to strengthening our commitment to military members across Washington and their families,” Drake said.

“I collaborated closely with Mike while working at Edmonds Community College. I saw firsthand how his leadership abilities, coupled with his compassion and desire to support our community, influenced meaningful change. I’m delighted to be working with Mike again to help military personnel achieve their educational goals.”

Operation Military Family Cares is a nonprofit organization that develops programs designed to improve the health, morale and finances for veteran families and the companies that hire them.

Previously, Schindler served as the program manager of community engagement and innovation for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University.

He was responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with community agencies that provide services to veterans, service members and military families in several states for the IVMF AmericaServes network.

Schindler has published two books, “U.S. Veterans in the Workforce: Why the 7% are America’s Greatest Asset” and “Operation Military Family.”

WGU Washington is an online, competency-based university designed to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.

In 2011, the Washington state Legislature created WGU Washington in partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University.



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