Friends of KSPS Director

Gary Livingston, PhD


Dr. Gary A. Livingston recently retired as chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane. The district includes Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and the Institute for Extended Learning. Prior to that he served as superintendent for the Spokane Public Schools from 1993 to 2001.
In between SPS and CCS, he served one year as superintendent for Olympia-based Educational Service District 113, which provides a wide range of support services to 45 school districts in Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis, Thurston and part of Pacific counties. 

He began his career in education in 1970 as a special education teacher in the Topeka, Kansas, public school district. He became superintendent of the Topeka district in 1988 and served in that position for five years before moving to Spokane the first time.

Livingston is a community college graduate, earning an associate of arts degree at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas. The institution honored him with its Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award in 1988. He completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology/special education at Emporia State University in Kansas.  He earned his doctoral degree in administration from Kansas State University and, in 1990, was selected Alumni Fellow for the College of Education.

He has been a member and president of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), American Association of School Administrators and Society for Schools Executives.  In 1997, WASA recognized him as State Superintendent of the year, and the following year, presented him with the Washington Leadership in Education Award.  In 2005, Gary was named ‘Pacesetter Of The Year’ by the Community College National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 7.  The Washington State Trustees Association (TACTC) selected him for the Washington 2007 Award for Leadership.