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President's Leadership Team

Roles and Responsibilities:
The President's Executive Team are only one decision-making facet in the overall shared governance structure at Clover Park Technical College.  As part of this executive leadership team, their role is to provide strategic input into CPTC's instructional portfolio, institutional budget planning process, and the delivery of comprehensive student support services.  Additionally, the E-Team advises the President on matters related to personnel, facilities, and operations.

Executive Team


Larry Clark

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Larry Clark serves as Vice President for Finance and Administration. In this role, he is responsible for the coordination, implementation and supervision of business and fiscal management in accordance with federal, state and local laws. This position oversees compliance and risk management, security and emergency management, information technology, budget and finance, payroll, the bookstore, custodial staff, the grounds crew, the warehouse, and facilities. 

During his career Clark has served in finance and accounting leadership positions in higher education, non-profit organizations, wood products, and the insurance industry. He is especially proud of the work he has done in the local community, having served on the boards of directors and/or finance committees for several local non-profit organizations and church groups. 

Clark holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of Puget Sound as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Washington State University. He is a certified Public Accountant, a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, and a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist. He also serves as a member of the Direct Reports and College Cabinet.  

Tawny Dotson

Vice President for Strategic Development

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Tawny Dotson joined Clover Park Technical College in September 2012, and serves as the Vice President for Strategic Development. In this role, she implements and executes CPTC's strategic growth initiatives and strategic plan. Dotson also oversees college-wide communication and marketing strategies, legislative affairs, the Foundation, Human Resources, Grant Development, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation.

She began her career as an active-duty Air Force public affairs officer and still serves as the Chief of Public Affairs for the Washington Air National Guard.

Dotson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from the University of Missouri and her Accreditation in Public Relations from the National School Public Relations Association. She is a current student in Oregon State University’s Community College Leadership doctoral program. Dotson serves as a member of the Executive Team and President's Cabinet and an ex-officio member of the CPTC Foundation Board. She leads the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council and serves as CPTC's Accreditation Liaison. She is most proud of CPTC's role in the community and is an active civic leader in the Lakewood/Tacoma area. She currently serves as President of the Rotary Club of Tacoma South, the President of the Public Information Commission for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), and a member of the SBCTC Advocacy Steering Committee.

Mabel Edmonds

Vice President for Instruction

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Mabel Edmonds serves as Vice President for Instruction (Interim). In this role, she provides leadership for the College's Instruction Department, which includes Baccalaureate Degrees, Professional Technical Degree and Certificate programs in a variety of career fields, Academics, Transitional Studies, eLearning, Library, Northwest Career and Technical High School, and Workforce Development/Continuing Education/Contract Training.

Edmonds began at Clover Park Technical College in January 2005 and has served as Director for Workforce Development/Continuing Education/Contract Training, South Hill Campus Administrator, Dean for Instruction, and Special Assistant to the President and Vice President for Student Learning. Her career has also included serving as an early childhood educator, K-12 public school teacher and administrator, college/university adjunct instructor, and K-12/higher education policy analyst for the Washington State Legislature.

Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Harris Teachers College, a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Missouri, Reading Specialist Certification, and has completed leadership development training for higher education executives. She is active in professional and civic groups at the national, state, and local levels; currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE President, 2014-2015), NAACP, Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, and United Way of Pierce County's Impact Cabinet; and, was appointed and served on the most recent City of Tacoma Charter Review Committee. Edmonds represents CPTC on various Pierce County committees and serves as a member of the President's Executive Team and Cabinet and other committees.

Juanita Ricks

Vice President for Student Success (Interim)

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Juanita Ricks serves as Vice President for Student Success (Interim), effective July 1, 2016. As such, she provides leadership to promote access and achievement for all CPTC students. The Student Success departments include the Offices of Admissions, Advising and Counseling, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Hayes Child Development Center, International Education Programs, Multicultural Student Programing and Assessment, Student Involvement and Event Services. The Division takes as its mission: Students First!

Ricks has worked in the non-profit sector and education at both the K-12 and college levels. She arrived at CPTC as the inaugural Director for the Office of Admissions after having held a similar position in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington – Seattle campus. In her off hours, she is involved in community activities that promote health and wellbeing, and supports non-profit organizations that serve education and foster youth.

Ricks holds a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Student Development Administration from Seattle University, a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Wesleyan University and has pursued doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership at the University of Washington. She serves as a member of the Executive Team, the College Cabinet and the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council.