The Office of the President

The Office of the President


Since opening our doors in 1971, The Evergreen State College has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs.  We have a vibrant undergraduate program, three graduate programs as well as five public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. 

I’m continually awed by the extent to which the college’s faculty and staff continue to fulfill Evergreen’s mission.  Evergreen values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multi-cultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together.  As Evergreen alumni, faculty, staff or students, we know that the college has an extraordinary impact on our own lives and our communities.

Every time I have a chance to talk with Evergreen alumni or read about their accomplishments, I marvel at the diversity of their passions and the breadth of their contributions to their communities, to their chosen areas of work and to society. Evergreen graduates are making history every day.  I am confident the hard work and innovation of the extraordinary people who make up our Evergreen community will endure a bright future both here at the college and around the world. 

The power of an Evergreen education is not just in the value it delivers to graduates.  It’s in how those graduates use their knowledge, skills and experiences to make positive change wherever they are.  I hope that, like me, you find huge joy in the energy generated by our marvelous students and the power of the Evergreen experience to educate engaged citizens and prepare students for tomorrow’s careers.



Thomas L. "Les" Purce


Open Office Hours

President Thomas L. “Les” Purce holds open office hours once a month during the academic year. The open office hours are set aside for the President to meet with members of the campus community. He invites students, staff and faculty to join him to ask questions, share concerns or get acquainted. The schedule is posted below. As there may be occasions when last minute scheduling conflicts prevent the President from being available, posted times are subject to change. No appointment is necessary, but most meetings will be limited to no more than 15 minutes out of courtesy to other visitors. If time allows, additional time may be possible.

President Purce will meet with community members in the order of their arrival between the indicated times. Open office hours are held in the Office of the President, Library building, L3200. He welcomes questions and ideas, and looks forward to working with you.

Open office hours for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Wednesday, October 15 from 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Monday, December 1 from 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Monday, January 12 from 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 18 from 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • CANCELED - Wednesday, March 18 from 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 22 from 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • CANCELED - Wednesday, May 27 from 3:00pm-4:00pm

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susan Harris, Administrative Assistant to the President at 360-867-5101.