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Frost named college president
Posted: 5/8/2014

Robert Frost

The Centralia College Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to name Dr. Robert Frost to serve as the next college president. Frost will officially begin his tenure July 1.

Frost will replace Dr. James Walton who is retiring after 12 years as president.

“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Robert Frost to Centralia College as our new president,” Stu Halsan, board chair, said. “We know he will be a good fit for the college, both respecting our history and leading us into the future.”

Frost has served as Interim Superintendent/President of the College of the Siskiyous since July 2013 and previously served there as the college’s vice president of Student Learning from 2010 to 2013.

“The selection process has taken many months, and we would like to thank all those who participated; those who took part in the campus and community forums, served on the search committee, and the many who submitted comments during the selection process. Without participation and support from everyone we wouldn't have been able to find such a highly qualified candidate as Dr. Frost,” Halsan said.

Halsan and other members of the board were highly complimentary of Walton, thanking him for his inspired leadership over the past 12 years.

Frost holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Arts degree in History/International Relations from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wichita State University, Kansas. Frost has near-native fluency in Spanish and has taught history, humanities, and Spanish as a tenured community college professor. He has also worked on numerous grant and contract programs that connected students, faculty and community members.

Frost is a renowned speaker on rural colleges, international education, and the challenges societies face in an era of rapid globalization. He has served in various curriculum, instruction, and leadership capacities since 1995, authored articles, and been a guest speaker.

He has been married for 27 years to LaDona Martin‐Frost, who has a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. They have two daughters, one of whom attends Humboldt State University and the younger is attending Mt. Shasta High School.

4 Comments

 
January 19, 2017 4:46 PM
.I know few former co-worker when I was working in Chicago downtown district; as a young starter (then) circa 1986, I am fortunate to work with graduates from Urbana-Champaign/UofIL. And how young American architects who has master degree dual (engineering and architects) to be working around on daily basis, good leadership, and came from one of top school in the field. Mr. Frost is a best choice. (jM)
January 19, 2017 4:46 PM
.I know few former co-worker when I was working in Chicago downtown district; as a young starter (then) circa 1986, I am fortunate to work with graduates from Urbana-Champaign/UofIL. And how young American architects who has master degree dual (engineering and architects) to be working around on daily basis, good leadership, and came from one of top school in the field. Mr. Frost is a best choice. (jM)
May 12, 2014 11:59 AM
Congratulations Dr. Frost! Well-deserved. Centralia is getting a great president and an even better person.

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