Christopher Bailey, or 'Chris' as he's known on campus, became president of Lower Columbia College in 2011. Chris
is LCC's fourth president since 1969. Chris came to LCC from Centralia College, where
he was Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs for six years, and taught
business and law classes for two decades.
Prior to joining Centralia College he was president and general manager for Martin
Sand and Gravel Co. in south Thurston County, and worked previously as an attorney.
He holds a J. D. from the University of Washington School of Law and a bachelor's
degree in business administration from Western Washington University.
Greetings! As president of Lower Columbia College I am proud to be part of an organization
that is helping students achieve their college and career goals.
LCC welcomes curiosity, creativity, intellectual ambition, and an openness to new
ideas. We see learning as a challenging, deeply rewarding, and profoundly important
activity to be shared in a spirit of collaboration. Our greatest strength is our community
support. We work closely with local organizations to support our community and give
back in whatever way we can.
May 17, 2023
It has been an honor to serve as your president since 2011. I want you to be the first
to know that I have decided to retire effective January 1, 2024.
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May 11, 2021
We are working hard on a plan to safely reopen as much of the campus as possible,
as quickly as it is safe to do so.
March 14, 2021
Last year was filled with unprecedented challenges for Lower Columbia College and
our students. As the president of LCC, I often hear from our students how LCC has
changed their lives. Entire families are impacted by the power of education. Access
to an affordable and accessible education is at-risk due to the rising costs of education
and the impact the pandemic has had on students’ ability to pursue their educational
June 9, 2020
At their June 2020 meeting, the Washington state community and technical colleges
(WACTC) presidents unanimously passed two resolutions (links below). The first resolution
firmly and unconditionally denounces a history of violence and systemic injustices
against Blacks. In the second, we denounce discrimination, xenophobia and harassment
against our Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
June 4, 2020
As a society, we are currently dealing with the triple threat of a global pandemic,
astronomically high unemployment, and the consequences of persistent racial inequalities
that threaten our very humanity. Events of the past several days have underscored
the need for change. The ongoing and senseless loss of Black lives is intolerable.
Pervasive discrimination against historically underrepresented groups is unacceptable.
The violence gripping our country is mentally, physically and spiritually destructive...
May 8, 2020
We have received concerning information regarding next year’s budget—fiscal year 2020-21—which
begins on July 1, 2020. There are two primary components to our financial concerns...
March 13, 2020
We are aware of today's Emergency Declaration from Governor Inslee closing K-12 public
and private schools in Washington through April 24. Colleges and universities have
been directed to switch to online instruction where possible effective Tuesday, March
17 through April 24...
March 4, 2020
There are no confirmed cases in our local community at this time. The Cowlitz County
Department of Health and Human Services is not recommending closing educational facilities
at this point. Please be assured that LCC is monitoring the situation closely, and
a campus closure could occur in the future if necessary to protect the health and
safety of our students and employees...
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July 10, 2019
Each summer, we at Lower Columbia College (LCC) look ahead and work on our strategic
planning and visioning. This being our 85th year, it is particularly appropriate to think about what the future might bring.
I thought I would share some of the current trends and some possibilities with you...
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October 31, 2018
While the campus will remain open during the November 2 Patriot Prayer event, our
priority is maintaining the safety of students, employees and visitors.
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January 22, 2018
We are deeply and profoundly sorry for the stress and trauma this caused for members
of the community, particularly our students, parents, and employees.
September 7, 2017
On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is ending. In response, I signed on to a joint statement
from the Washington State higher education leadership in support of the students who
make up a portion of the 800,000 people in the nation registered under DACA....
August 15, 2017
This morning our campus experienced a derogatory symbol scratched into an exterior
campus door. Campus Services promptly removed the graffiti, and Security is conducting
an investigation. I want to emphasize that Lower Columbia College does not and will
not tolerate any form of speech or behavior that violates our commitment to safety
February 2, 2017
LCC Core Values state that our campus community expects an environment of integrity,
respect, collaboration, cooperation, inclusion and innovation that fosters personal
growth, academic excellence, and accountability. LCC remains committed to these values
and to ensuring that they are upheld.
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