A Message from the President

Dr. Yoshiko Harden, a leader with broad experience in the state community and technical college system, assumed the presidency of Renton Technical College July 1.

Harden is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as president at RTC. She most recently was Interim President and CEO at Seattle Central Community College.

Harden previously served as Vice President of Student Services at Seattle Central College, Vice President for Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Bellevue College, and Director of Multicultural Services & Student Development at Highline College. She earned her doctorate in higher education policy from Northeastern University. Her research focused on Black males in community and technical colleges.

Harden is excited to join RTC, which has gained national and regional recognition for its commitment to student success and equity.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead Renton Technical College. Even during unforeseen circumstances, this is an exciting time for RTC. Now more than ever, Renton Technical College must maintain its focus on access and educational excellence grounded in the college’s deep commitment to equity and inclusion."

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Dr. Yoshiko Harden