Seattle Central President Charles H. Mitchell Named “Father of the Year”

Seattle – The president of TIME Magazine’s “College of the Year” will soon add another distinction to his name. On June 11, the Seattle Father’s Day Council will celebrate President Charles H. Mitchell as “Father of the Year.”

Dr. Mitchell will be honored during a special dinner held at the Elliott Grand Hyatt Seattle, with proceeds going to the American Diabetes Association. The award annually recognizes and celebrates those fathers who have demonstrated the ability to balance their personal lives while achieving a high level of success in their chosen careers, and serving as outstanding role models in our community.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the American Diabetes Association for my role as a father,” says Dr. Mitchell. “Over the years, I have always taken great pride in being both a good parent and grandparent. It is critical that we have strong families in our community.”

Dr. Mitchell and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Julie and Rashad, as well as two granddaughters, Tracey and Michelle.

“The Father of the Year Awards shows that it’s possible to have a successful career and still be a good father,” explains George Walker , executive director for the Northwest chapter of the American Diabetes Association. “The awards allow us to recognize role model fathers in the Northwest and support the American Diabetes Association in its search for a cure for diabetes.”

President Mitchell has served as Seattle Central President since 1987. During the last 15 years, he has been actively involved in establishing educational training partnerships with businesses and industries in the greater Seattle area. New programs that have been developed under his leadership include Biotechnology, Information Technology and Wireless Communications. Through his vision and leadership, Seattle Central Community College was named two-year “College of the Year” by TIME Magazine for 2001-2002.

The recipients of the Seattle Father of the Year Awards were chosen by the newly formed Father’s Day Council of Seattle. The council is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers from a variety of industries who annually honor individuals whose achievement and values enhance the meaning and stature of fatherhood.

Also receiving awards are Irl B. Hirsch, M.D., Medical Director of the UW Diabetes Care Center; Jeff Kemp, Executive Director of Families Northwest; and Rodney C. Wheeler, Senior Vice President of Alliance for Education.

For more information, please contact Danny Howe at (206) 934-5485 or Candace Oehler at (206) 934-5487.