Columbia Basin College longtime president Rich Cummins announces retirement

Dr. Richard Cummins announced his retirement from Columbia Basin College after nine years of serving as the school’s president.

He’s accepted a job at Western Governors University as a chancellor, school officials said Thursday. His last day as president will be Mar. 30.

Cummins has worked at the college since 1990. Over the past 27 years, he has served as faculty instructor, dean, vice president and president, according to the CBC website.

He’s led numerous projects to expand educational programs and improve school facilities. Under his leadership, the school now has seven bachelor degree programs with an eighth currently pending.  

As president, Cummins also worked with the city of Kennewick to propose a culinary education center in Kennewick.

This year alone, he helped the school add a new medical center, social sciences and world languages center and a student housing building. They’ve either been completed or will finished sometime this year.

A celebration of Cummin’s success is being planned, and its date has yet to be announced.

The CBC Board of Trustees is preparing to search for a new president, which is expected to join the board in September.