Dr. Kevin McCarthy retired as president of Renton Technical College July 1, 2022, after an exceptional seven years of leadership.
Under McCarthy’s leadership, RTC completed its seven-year accreditation in the spring and is entering the final year of its Strategic Plan. In June, the college received a $5 million gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. RTC has continued to safely hold in-person labs while expanding online options during the pandemic. The college will continue to work toward fully reopening in the coming year.
McCarthy received the 2021 Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of College Trustees (ACT), which recognizes exceptional leadership in furthering the mission of community and technical colleges in Washington, and was one of 25 presidents in the country selected for the inaugural Aspen Institute New Presidents Fellowship.
Before joining RTC, McCarthy was vice president of instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and dean of the Health Sciences, Education, and Wellness Institute at Bellevue College. He also served as the associate vice president of instruction at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. Prior to his community and technical college positions, McCarthy taught American history at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Georgia.
McCarthy leads the college with student success and equity at the forefront and is passionate about removing barriers to allow every student an opportunity to achieve educational and career success.
“Dr. McCarthy has been a transformative leader at RTC. It will be hard to fill his boots,” said Kirby Unti, chair of the Board of Trustees referring to McCarthy’s trademark cowboy boots.
McCarthy serves on the Renton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of the Renton Mayor's Inclusion Task Force. He is co-chair of both the Puget Sound Coalition for College and Career Readiness and Washington’s Health Workforce Council. He has held various leadership positions on Washington Association of Community and Technical College committees and State Board of Community and Technical College workgroups. He has built strong relationships with business, industry, and legislative leaders to further student success and opportunities.
He and incoming President Dr. Yoshiko Harden worked closely to ensure a seamless transition.