KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Gene C. Sharratt, Ph.D


1983        Ph.D.      Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.  Major-Curriculum, Minor-School Administration

 1974        M.A.       Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington.  Major-School Administration; Minor-Guidance and Counseling

1972        B.A.        Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.  Major-Elementary Education


11/19 Present        Research Advisor for the Center for Educational Effectiveness

 7/13 Present          Current Chair, Washington Higher Education Facilities Board.

 7/13 – 7/16           Executive Director, Washington Student Achievement Council

9/03 - 6/13           Clinical Associate Professor, Washington State University

7/91 – 6/02          Superintendent, North Central Educational Service District, Wenatchee, Washington.                

7/88 - 7/91           Superintendent, Chehalis School District, Chehalis, Washington.

8/84 - 6/88           Assistant Superintendent- Yelm Community Schools, Yelm, Washington.                         

2/83 - 7/84           Principal, Naches Valley Elementary School, Naches, Washington

9/72 – 6/82          Teacher, Elementary (grades 1-5) and High School Counselor - Washington, Norway, and Alaska


2023 Spirit of Ernst and Susan Wagner Community Leadership and Service Award

2019 Golden Gavel Award – Washington Association of School Administrators

2016 Advocate for Education Award – College of Education, Washington State University

2015 Valarie Logan Leadership in Washington Science Education Award (Institute for Systems Biology)

2013 Washington Association of School Administrators Lifetime Legacy Award

2013 Association of Washington School Principals Lifetime Achievement Award

2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Education, Pacific Lutheran University

2008 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Washington State University

2003 Washington State Medal of Merit, Washington State Leadership Board, Olympia, WA

1997 Distinguished Scholars Award, Washington State University College of Education

1992 Washington State Bilingual Leadership Award, Washington Association of Bilingual Educators

1991 Washington State School Superintendent of the Year (OSPI Annual Awards, Olympia, Washington)

1988 National Educational Administrator of the Year Award (National Association of Educational Office Personnel)

1982 Outstanding Teacher Award, Pi Lamda Theta Educational Honorary Society, Washington State University


Sharratt, G.C., Kane S. (2023).  Navigating the road to future workforce success with a skills-based approach.  Wenatchee Valley Business world.  October 2023. P18.

Sharratt, G.C., & Kane, S. (2023).  Skills-based hiring is the new currency of the labor market.  Wenatchee Valley Business World.  July 2023. p.2.

Sharratt, G. C., & Martin, R.  (2022).  Is Washington doing enough on higher education reform?  The Seattle Times – Op-Ed.  December 12, 2022.

Sharratt, G. C., & Kane, S. (2022).  Launching students into postsecondary and career pathways will support economic recovery.  The Wenatchee World.  January 1, 2022, page C-5.  (Opinion page editorial). 

Sharratt, G. C., & Kane. S.  (2020), Education beyond high school is essential for economic recovery.  The Wenatchee World.  December, 2020


Career Leadership Experience.

Former chair, EdNW, Portland, Oregon. 

Vice-Chair, Complete College America, Atlanta, Georgia

President, Washington Educational Research Association, 1990-91, member emeritus. 

Military Leadership Experience

U.S. Army, Vietnam, Paratrooper, 173rd Airborne, Sgt. E-5, 1967-1969 (Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, 173rd Airborne.