Board of Education has announced the finalists in the college's president search

The Clackamas Community College Board of Education has announced the finalists in the college's president search and invites the public to participate in a series of public forums to meet the candidates, ask questions and provide input.

The current president, Dr. Joanne Truesdell, is retiring at the end of June 2018 after serving in higher education for nearly 40 years.

The forums are open to the public and will be held at the Niemeyer-Osterman Theatre on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave., at 4 p.m. each day with an informal reception from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 17

CookTim Cook — Clark College vice president of instruction, Washington. Cook has been at Clark College since 1997 and has served in many positions, including counseling faculty, division chair and acting dean of student success and retention. He has a doctorate in higher education administration, with an emphasis in community college

leadership from Oregon State University.

Jan. 18

HowardJessica Howard — Portland Community College Southeast Campus president, Oregon. Howard has been PCC's Southeast Campus president since 2012. Prior to this role, she served as vice president of academic affairs at San Antonio College, where she previously taught music and humanities courses as a faculty member and department chair. Howard holds a doctorate in performance studies from New York University.

Jan. 22

HainesChris Haines — Phoenix College interim president, Arizona. At Phoenix College, Haines has held positions as vice president and dean of student affairs. Prior to joining Phoenix College, she served as interim associate dean of enrollment services at South Mountain Community College. Haines has a master's degree in educational counseling from Northern Arizona University and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership/higher education at Northern Arizona University.

Jan. 24

J Michael Thomson — Cuyahoga Community College ThomsonEastern Campus president, Ohio. Thomson came to Cuyahoga Community College from Northern Kentucky University in 2005 when he was hired as the dean of academic affairs at its Western Campus. At Northern Kentucky, he served as political science faculty and department chair. He earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Kentucky.

In October, the CCC Board of Education approved the 20 members of an Expanded Search Advisory Committee, whose charge was to review president applications, conduct initial interviews and make a recommendation of finalists to the Board of Education.

The board hopes to announce CCC's next president in April. A salary has not been announced yet, but college officials say that the competitive salary will be commensurate with the chosen candidate's experience.

To learn more about the candidates, visit For questions, contact President Search Liaison Amanda Coffey at 503-594-3257 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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