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.
Vice President for Instruction
Dr. Thomas Broxson serves the Vice President of Instruction at CPTC, helping to create a vision for the future of education in our community. As a member of the executive team, Broxson works across departmental units to build partnerships to support effective operations, and promote student success through a Guided Pathways framework, maintaining a focus on closing equity gaps for students. Tom oversees the successful operation of programs and functions within the transitional studies, academic, professional technical, and workforce programs, as well as the Northwest Career and Technical High School.
Additionally, he serves as a Leadership Coach for the Achieving the Dream network, helping colleges identify and implement strategies to increase student success and close equity gaps across the nation. Previously Broxson served as the District Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Pierce College and led the college’s award-winning efforts with Achieving the Dream to improve student outcomes. Broxson holds graduate degrees in geography and education and before moving into an administrative position nine years ago, he spent 17 years as a faculty member with stints at Oregon State University, Willamette University, Linn-Benton Community College, and Pierce College, teaching history, geography, and environmental science. He is a passionate believer in the community and technical college mission and its power to transform lives, families, and communities.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
Samantha Dana serves as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and provides leadership for the CPTC Foundation, Marketing and Communications, Institutional Research, Grants, Accreditation, Shared Governance, and Strategic Planning. She joined CPTC in June 2018 as the Director of Institutional Research and Grants. She is the College's Accreditation Liaison Officer with NWCCU.
Dana began her career in higher education in the grants office at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA as the Grants Researcher and then Director of Grants Research and Evaluation. Prior to higher education, she was a research assistant at a federal budget think tank.
She holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a masters of science in Government Analytics with a concentration in Statistical Analysis from The Johns Hopkins University.
Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Shareka Fortier joined Clover Park Technical College in August 2019 as the College’s first Executive Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of EDI interventions, programming and practices. She leads culturally responsive/ racial equity training efforts, focusing on a top- down approach including cross-divisional collaboration and support. She also oversees CPTC’s EDI Advisory Council, Bias Response Team, Ethnic Student Engagement Committee, and Diversity Committee.
Fortier has dedicated her career to advocating for historically marginalized populations, addressing disparities, removing barriers to access and seeking to ensure equitable outcomes for all people to reach their full potential. In addition, she leads the charge in ensuring that CPTC’s learning and working environments are safe, welcoming, and conducive to the success of our diverse community.
Fortier is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Leadership & Management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Washington and is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP). She serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Children (Tacoma), co-chairs the Tacoma College Success Network 2020, and is an active member of the City of Lakewood’s Multicultural Coalition and Leaders in Women’s Health.
Scott J. Latiolais
Vice President for Student Success
Dr. Scott J. Latiolais joined Clover Park Technical College in July 2017 and serves as Vice President for Student Success. As such, he provides leadership to promote access and equity through a high-touch, proactive approach to student outreach, persistence, and completion. The Division of Student Success comprises fourteen departments: Advising & Counseling, Child Development Services, College Success, Community & Career Services, Disability Services, Enrollment Services, Outreach & Entry Services, Student Aid & Scholarships, Student Diversity Programs, Student Life, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Testing & Reporting, Veterans Services, and Workforce Development.
Latiolais began his higher education career with foundations in student affairs at New York University, The University of Maryland, Louisiana State University, The Art Institute of Seattle, Manhattan School of Music, and The University of Washington. Before coming to Clover Park, Latiolais served as the Dean of Student Success at Renton Technical College. Cumulatively, Scott has over two decades years of post-graduate professional experience in both two- and four-year colleges and has held various administrative positions spanning the spectrum of higher education.
Latiolais earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English & French Linguistics from Louisiana State University, Master of Science Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from The University of Tennessee, and Doctor of Education Degree in Adult & Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. He is professionally engaged in service, leadership, and public speaking at the state and national levels.