Reeder to retire from COCC board


Krenowicz runs for post

by: SUSAN MATHENY - Don ReederAfter 16 years on the board for Central Oregon Community College, Don Reeder has decided not to run for the position.

Instead, Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, has filed for the position currently held by Reeder. If elected, Krenowicz, who is unopposed, would join the seven-member board July 1.

Reeder decided to retire from the position this year and suggested that Krenowicz, who serves on the COCC Budget Committee, run for his position. Krenowicz has been on the budget committee since 2009, and helped Reeder get out the vote for the COCC bond, which resulted in new facilities across the district, including the Madras COCC.

Two years ago this month, Reeder suffered a brain hemorrage, and spent over two weeks in the hospital. “I came out of the event mentally and physically OK,” he said, although he tires more easily in the evenings now.

Although he was determined to complete his term, Reeder said that he now takes off the afternoon before the board meeting, so it doesn’t end up being such a long day. “It’s a long drive — especially coming back,” he said.

During his 16 years on the board, Reeder is proud to have been a part of the tremendous changes that have occurred in the district, such as the Madras campus, construction in other communities, the massive increase in enrollment, “and finally getting a four-year college.”

“There are still a couple things I wanted to accomplish,” said Reeder, mentioning future plans for a second building in Madras, and more services in Crooked River Ranch.

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Joe KrenowiczBut Reeder is confident that if Krenowicz is elected, he will continue to advocate for Jefferson County.

Krenowicz, the executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, looks forward to serving on the board.

“I’ve always been interested in a Central Oregon-wide organization, and education goes along with economic development, which has been an interest of mine as a businessperson and community activist,” he said.

“It parallels the efforts of being a chamber director,” Krenowicz added.