EvCC welcomes 2 new health sciences leaders

Mar 05, 2014

Everett Community College has two new health sciences leaders. Jason Smith is the new dean of Health Sciences and Public Safety and Kathleen Watson is the new associate dean of nursing.

Both previously worked for the University of Washington. Smith was the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs assistant dean of student affairs and Watson was the director of the Adults and Elders program at UW’s Center on Human Development and Disability.

Smith, of Marysville, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Whitman College and a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University. He expects to complete his master’s in national security and strategic studies through the Naval War College in 2015.

Watson, of Seattle, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Ph.D. in nursing from the UW. She also has post-doctoral research training through the UW.

In addition to Smith’s work at EvCC, he is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, serving as a civil military affairs officer at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Smith also serves as a member of the Whitman College Board of Overseers, Tau Kappa Epsilon advisory council and Seattle Conservation Corps advisory council.

“I am honored to be serving as the dean for a division that is so committed to the safety and well-being of our public,” Smith said. “I am looking forward to serving my local community and to continue building upon the strong reputation that our college has. Plus, it's pretty cool being in a new building!”

Watson said she’s also enjoying working in EvCC’s newest building, Liberty Hall, which opened in 2013.

For her, the clinical focus for most of her career has been community-based and related to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including working at Providence Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Diagnostic and Treatment Center in the 1980s.

“I am delighted to be working in the Everett area again and to be leading such a successful and well-respected nursing program,” Watson said. “I appreciate the sense of community here at EvCC and the close connection the college has with the wider community of Everett and the surrounding area.”

EvCC’s Health Sciences and Public Safety programs include nursing, medical assisting, phlebotomy, nursing assistant certified, healthcare risk management, medical coding, medical transcription, physical education, criminal justice, fire science and EMT training.

For more information about EvCC’s Health Sciences and Public Safety programs, visit www.everettcc.edu/healthcare.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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