Dr. Ed Brewster, who first set foot on the Grays Harbor College campus 16 years ago, is coming out of retirement after four years, to serve as interim president of the College. 

According to GHC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Harry Carthum, “We are so fortunate that Ed Brewster agreed to come out of retirement to serve as interim president. He has stayed on the Harbor, so he is already familiar with the community that the College serves.“


Dr. Jim Minkler, GHC president for the past 4 years, retired last week, due to health issues.

“We all wish Dr. Minkler a retirement of renewed health and relaxation,” Carthum added.

“Dr. Brewster will have to deal with unique problems that weren’t even imagined when he left the College 4 years ago, such serving our students and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, we are so pleased that Ed stepped up,” Carthum stated.

Brewster adds, “We have a challenging year ahead and I know that collectively we have everything required to meet and exceed the expectations of our students and community.”

Brewster will serve while the College Board of Trustees launches a national search for a permanent president. The process typically takes several months.

Dr. Carthum confirmed that early in the search process, faculty, staff, students and community members will be involved in setting hiring criteria.