Welcome to Lower Columbia College

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 has received recognition at both the state and national levels for our work in student success, and we look forward to serving your needs.

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.

Read what The Daily News said about Chris' selection.

The Promise of LCC

“Lower Columbia College has received several national and state recognitions. Some of it has been for our work in developmental (pre-college) education. We were recently designated as a “Leader College” by the national “Achieving the Dream” organization for our work in helping students succeed. LCC was also recently ranked by one consumer ratings organization as a “Top 25” community college in the nation,” — Chris Bailey. » Read more.

Committed to Student Success

In 2014 Chris was invited to attend a White House Roundtable to share the work LCC has done to help at risk students stay in college. He met with more than 50 other education officials and college representatives for discussions on student retention and remediation.

"LCC has been recognized as an innovator and early adopter of programs that help students overcome obstacles to college completion,” — Chris Bailey.

Other examples, in addition to those cited by the White House, include collaborative work with high school math teachers resulting in a 20 percent improvement in the number of recent graduates moving directly into college-level math courses; the I-BEST program which combines pre-college studies with vocational training, and HS21+, a low-cost program for adults seeking to earn a high school diploma.


Major Renovations

Since arriving he has overseen the final construction and grand opening of the college's new Health & Science Building, including a federal grant to pay for critically needed equipment. The building is a 70,000-square foot, technology-enabled facility designed to provide STEM education.

At the same time, a major renovation to the Myklebust Gymnasium and Fitness Center was completed, including 12,000 square feet of new space.

Both buildings were awarded the 2016 Excellence in Masonry Award for outstanding architectural design in masonry.

“We continue to make a difference in transforming lives and our community. It is a pleasure to be a part of these efforts with you,” — Chris Bailey.

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