Recently retired Director of Information Technology
Seattle Central College
Harriet Wasserman Scholarship
Harriet Wasserman, former Director of Information Technology at Seattle Central, served the college for nearly 50 years before retiring in December 2016. The campus community hopes to honor Harriet’s contributions by establishing a scholarship in her name that supports female Information Technology students.
Harriet came to Seattle from Northern California with her husband, who landed a job in 1967 as one of the first faculty members for the newly-created Seattle Community College (now Seattle Central). She first volunteered at the college, setting up chemistry labs in the old Broadway High School building before it was demolished.
She eventually studied computer science at Seattle Central, after a part-time position at the college sparked her interest in the field. She was later asked to set up and operate the college's first open computer lab.
Over the years, Harriet laid the groundwork to for Seattle Central to keep it’s IT infrastructure current with industry best-practices. She was an early adopter of networking during the 1980’s, and oversaw the installation of the first fiber optic network in 1993.
Harriet was honored as one of the business world’s “Premier 100 IT Leaders” by Computerworld Magazine in 2005. Thanks to her leadership, at the time of her departure in 2016, the college was at the forefront of many technologies including cloud services and state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment.
Give to the Harriet Wasserman Scholarship Fund
Your support to this scholarship honors Harriet's countless contributions to Seattle Central College and its students during her years of service. Thank you for your generosity.