Grays Harbor College’s President Jim Minkler announced his retirement last week, after four years at the helm. Minkler cited health issues as the reason for his departure; his last day at GHC will be Tuesday, June 30th.

“We all wish Jim the very best, especially as he works to improve his health,“  commented Dr. Harry Carthum, on behalf of the GHC Board of Trustees. “2020 has brought some extraordinary issues, like budgets, smaller enrollments, COVID, shifting all classes online, to mention a few, along with a tremendous uncertainty each day. Jim coped with each issue but unfortunately, it has taken a toll on his health.  “

Minkler came to GHC after a lengthy career at the Community Colleges of Spokane. For three years at GHC, he used connections developed previously to host classes of Japanese nursing students. Shadowing GHC student nurses was a rewarding experience for all. Minkler and his wife, Yoko, both speak Japanese, which helped form bonds among the students. 

According to Dr. Carthum, the trustees will begin a search for an interim president right away. Dr. Carthum noted that the trustees had complete confidence in Dr. Minkler and his retirement was accepted with regret.

Carthum also expressed appreciation for Dr. Minkler’s efforts during the four years he had been at GHC.