Previously he was Director and Senior Vice President International Business at Wizards of the Coast, an innovative game company startup that published Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon trading card games. Mr. Jordan was the architect of its international business strategy from its inception in 1993 until it was sold to Hasbro in 1999.
Prior to Wizards, Mr. Jordan worked for Boeing Defense & Space Group for 14 years as a systems engineer in Advanced Launch System Design, including the Sea Launch commercial launch vehicle program.
He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Ford previously served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO at Bastyr University. Prior to his service at Bastyr, he served as Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO at Oregon State University, Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO and Treasurer for Linfield (College) University, and Vice President for Business and Finance/CFO at Utah State University. Ford’s thirty-five-year career in higher education leadership and administration also includes administrative service at Washington State University (Pullman and Vancouver) and the University of Idaho.
Ford has served on several Boards, including, but not limited to, the Board of Trustees, Willamette Valley Medical Center; Board of Directors, Special Olympics Oregon; State of Oregon 529 Savings Plan Network Board; TIAA-CREF National Advisory Council; and, the Board of Directors, College Liability Insurance Company. He currently serves as a member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Audit Committee and is a member of the NWCCU Financial Resources Review Committee.
Ford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Products (Business Management Option) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Idaho.
Ford enjoys the arts, reading, history, hiking, fishing, and camping. He lives with his wife, Tammy, in Ridgefield, Washington. They have two adult daughters, Amber Ford and Jenny Ford.
Facebook, serves on the Digital Innovation Advisory Council board for ALSAC / St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Board of Trustees for Cornish Cornish College of the Arts.
He has spent his career designing all types of experiences. Lifestyle. Product. Digital. Brand. His superpower is inspiring and leading creative teams to design and deliver innovative and meaningful experiences that enrich people’s lives.
Before joining Facebook, Jeff was at Amazon for 5 years leading the retail experience design team for the consumer division. He spent a decade at Microsoft leading design and product teams in XBOX Live, Windows, and ms.com. Before that, he led creative teams at Corbis, an image licensing company founded by Bill Gates.
Ms. Parkhurst is a national award-winning journalist. The PSBJ won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for public service journalism in 2018 for its Price of Homelessness package, the 2018 SABEW award for real estate reporting, and her series of stories on restraint of school children in Maine won the Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting in 2010.
She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an Bachelor’s of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern Maine. In the early 2000s, Ms. Parkhurst played clarinet, flute and saxophone professionally for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (Maine), Seacoast Repertory Theatre (New Hampshire), and in the Boehm Wind Trio. She also maintained a studio of clarinet and saxophone students.
Ms. Parkhurst was the classical music columnist for the alt weekly newspaper the Portland Phoenix for five years, where she covered the classical music scene in Portland, Maine. She also wrote reviews for the Classical Voice of New England magazine.
Joel earned a BA degree in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from Western Washington University.
And Joel is highly engaged in the local community. Beyond his role at Cornish, Joel is President Elect of Rotary Club of Emerald City where he has been a member for over 12 years and he is a past President and current member of the Board of Trustees of Bellevue Arts Museum. Joel also is an Advisory Board Member for WWU’s Center for Innovation in Education.
With all his extra time, Joel loves skiing, hiking, fly fishing, travel, yoga, and playing drums in a local garage band (and he’s not that bad!).
Dr. Raymond Tymas-Jones, Ex Officio, President of the College
Dr. Tom Baker, Ex Officio, Music Faculty, Faculty Senate President
Kenneth Alhadeff, Trustee Emeriti
Eve Alvord, Trustee Emeriti