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 Highline College 

Name: Highline College
President: Jack Bermingham, Ph.D.
City: Des Moines
State: Washington
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Suburb
Year established:

Board of Trustees website

Highline College

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2015

2015 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 6,560
Full-time: 57%
Part-time: 43%

Student characteristics (gender, race/ethnicity)
Female: 59%
Male: 41%

Asian: 15%
Black or African American: 10%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 32%
Two or more races: 10%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 11%
Non-resident alien: 8%


Jack Bermingham, Ph.D.

Jack Bermingham, Ph.D.

Sili Savusa

Sili Savusa
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“We have enjoyed extraordinary recognitions from AACC and other organizations in recent years reflecting our important achievements in advancing equity and promoting social justice in order to improve student success and to serve our communities. Diversity is more than a program at Highline; it is a core value.” – Dr. Jack Bermingham, President of Highline College

Interesting Facts

  • Highline College offers a vibrant and diverse teaching and learning environment. With 70 percent students of color and people representing more than 120 cultures, Highline welcomes students from the most diverse community in the state and more than 750 international students from around the world.
  • Highline College received a prestigious Award of Excellence from the AACC twice in the past three years. In 2016, the AACC recognized President Jack Bermingham and the college’s five-member Board of Trustees for their exemplary collaboration and working relationship, and in 2014, Highline was recognized as a leader among the nation’s community colleges for increasing diversity as well as educational and social justice equity.
  • At Highline, time- and place-bound students can now earn an applied bachelor’s degree, making themselves more competitive for employers looking for workers with four-year degrees in four fields: cybersecurity and forensics; global trade and logistics; respiratory care; and youth development. Before the applied bachelor’s degree was created, students would often have to transfer to a regional or state college or university and take additional lower-level coursework to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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