Edmonds Community College has hired Christina Castorena as its Vice President for Student Services.
She will oversee the enrollment services and financial aid offices, as well as a number of student programs including housing, athletics, and student activities and government. Castorena will also be responsible for many of the student support services such as the Counseling and Wellness Services, Veterans Resource Center, and Services for Students with Disabilities.
“Christina has the background and the commitment to student success to excel in this leadership role,” said Jean Hernandez, Edmonds Community College President. “She also has demonstrated a strong ability to work collaboratively across campus and with community partners to advance our student-centered mission.”
Castorena is a veteran college administrator with more than two decades of experience in multiple areas within student affairs, including 15 years in a community college setting. She was previously the Dean of Student Development and Diversity Advocacy at Everett Community College, where she has worked since 1998. Prior to that, she spent eight years in the financial aid office at Western Washington University and worked as a financial aid counselor at Colorado State University for two years.
“I am committed to using my education, professional training, and my personal life experiences to support and lead institutional changes that result in equitable and quality programs and services to help all students achieve their personal, academic, and career goals,” said Castorena, a first generation college graduate.
Castorena earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Education from Western Washington University.