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Peter Lortz, Vice President of Instruction

Peter Lortz,
Vice President of Instruction

Peter Lortz is the Vice-President of Instruction at South Seattle College. He has been working with community colleges for more than 20 years in a variety roles including faculty and administrative positions.

He started his career as an adjunct instructor in biology, anatomy & physiology, and environmental science. After teaching at several colleges in Washington and Ohio, he was hired as a full-time Biology Faculty at North Seattle College in 1997. He worked as a tenured faculty member for approximately 10 years which included work as the Curriculum Committee chair along with other committee and initiative work.

In 2007, he was hired as the Dean of the Math, Sciences and Social Sciences Division at North marking the beginning of his administrative career. In addition to working as Dean, Peter also served as the Interim IT Director, and Interim Vice-President for Instruction at North. In his time at North he also worked on various District and State groups including the Negotiations Team for the Seattle District Faculty Contract.

In January 2015, he transitioned to South as the Vice-President of Instruction.

Peter has a Masters’ Degree in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from DePauw University and has complemented his work experience with a variety of professional education opportunities including the “Power of Leadership” Retreat series from the Whidbey Institute and “Washington Executive Leadership Academy from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.


Robert Smith Building
(RSB 25)


Monday - Friday:
8 am to 4:30 pm


Danisha Rawlings,
Executive Assistant,
VP of Instruction Office