Wenatchee Valley College names Carolyn Goolsby dean of Omak campus

June 20, 2024 

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Carolyn GoolsbyCarolyn Goolsby was named as the Wenatchee Valley College Dean of the Omak campus. Her first day will be Aug. 16.   

As the Omak campus dean, Goolsby will oversee operations, finances, and strategic planning. In addition to supporting students, faculty, and staff, she will serve as liaison with the community and oversee partnerships, including those with the Colville Confederated Tribes, the Area Health Education Center, and the Rural Library College Alliance.  

Goolsby has over 30 years of management experience. She recently served as the director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus, the UAF’s largest rural campus. She was responsible for all aspects of campus operations and functions. She and her Kuskokwim campus team worked with many community partners, including the Center for Alaska Native Health Research, the Kuskokwim Intertribal Fish Commission, Southwest Alaska Arts Group, and The Association of Village Council Presidents. She also supervised 20 staff and 7 faculty, in addition to adjunct faculty and temporary employees.  

Prior to her role at UAF, Goolsby worked for many years in public libraries. She served as the director of the Haines Borough Public Library in Haines, Alaska, at Carmel Clay Public Library in Carmel, Ind., and at Wood Buffalo Regional Library in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. In her position at Wood Buffalo Regional Library, in addition to overseeing all library operations and functions, Goolsby worked with tribal administrators and Métis locals.  

She has additional higher education experience in administrative and faculty roles at Florida State University, Greenville Technical College in South Carolina, and Clemson University. 

Goolsby has a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus.  

"I'm honored to be named dean of the Omak campus. The WVC Omak campus boasts a dedicated staff and faculty that serve the community in an inclusive and welcoming environment while honoring and celebrating the tribal heritage of the region. I was so attracted to the position because of Omak's lovely location and the energy and positivity I've experienced from everyone there. I very much look forward to working with our Okanogan communities, the Colville Confederated Tribe, WVC administration, and our students, faculty, and staff as we continue to meet our students where they are and instill confidence in their abilities, their preparation, and their identity," Goolsby explained. 

“Our Omak campus dean must be an inclusive leader, someone who can support our diverse group of students, faculty and staff, and someone who can foster our important partnerships in the Okanogan Valley and throughout the region,” said WVC President Dr. Faimous Harrison. “With her professional experience in higher education, especially at a rural campus, Ms. Goolsby will be a great addition to our campus community. Her ability to develop important relationships with community stakeholders is essential to the growth of our Omak campus and institution as a whole.” 



Wenatchee Valley College enriches North Central Washington by serving educational and cultural needs of communities and residents throughout the service area. The college is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion for all students and employees and provides high-quality transfer, liberal arts, professional/technical, basic skills and continuing education for students of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. Visit our website, wvc.edu. 

Wenatchee Valley College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment and student enrollment. All programs are free from discrimination and harassment against any person because of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, parental status or families with children, marital status, religion, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status or any other prohibited basis per RCW 49.60.030, 040 and other federal and state laws and regulations, or participation in the complaint process. 

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and Title IX compliance for both the Wenatchee and Omak campuses: 

To report discrimination or harassment: Title IX Coordinator, Mish ee twie, 1321A, (509) 682-6716, title9@wvc.edu. 

To request disability accommodations: Student Access Manager, Wenatchi Hall 2131, (509) 682-6854, TTY/TTD: dial 711, sas@wvc.edu.