Candidates will be at Madras campus

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - The candidates for COCC president include, from left, Dr. Patrick Lanning, Dana Young, and Dr. Sheila Ortego.Beginning next week, Central Oregon Community College will hold three separate meetings in Madras, Bend, Redmond and Prineville for the public to meet the three finalists for COCC president.

The three candidates include Dr. Patrick Lanning, Dana Young and Dr. Sheila Ortego.

The local meetings are set for Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 3:15-3:45 p.m., for Lanning; Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3:15-3:45 p.m., for Young; and Thursday, Feb. 27, from 2-2:30 p.m., for Ortego. All meetings will be held at the Madras COCC campus, in Room 114.

Lanning is a first generation college graduate, who is currently the Yamhill Valley campus president in McMinnville, and chief academic officer of instruction and student services for Chemeketa Community College District (Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties) where he has worked for the past seven years.

Born and raised in Prineville, Lanning attended Redmond High for part of his senior year before graduating from Crook County High School. Scholarship bound, he attended Lane Community College in Eugene for two years before transferring to the University of Oregon where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in interdisciplinary studies focused on social psychology.

Lanning completed his Doctorate of Education in the Community College Leadership Program, focused on adult learning, leadership and shared governance at Oregon State University.

Young has served as president for Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario since 2010. A progressive, 25-year community college career track includes administrative positions of vice president for student affairs at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., from 2003-2010 and vice president of student and enrollment services at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton from 1999-2003.

Young holds a master’s of business administration from Portland State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in business economics with an emphasis in administration from Eastern Oregon University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

Ortego is currently serving as interim president of the Community Campus at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.

She previously served for six years (2006 - 2012) as president of Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, N.M., where she focused on strengthening the college's mission of helping students succeed and serving the community.

During her 30-year career at SFCC, Ortego held a number of administrative positions and served as an adjunct instructor in the area of humanities, teaching both on-ground and online. She practices an open, transparent, and inclusive leadership style and believes in empowering faculty and staff through professional development and leadership training.

COCC officials hope to get feedback from the public on the candidates. For more information on the candidates, visit

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