On Oct. 20 Clackamas Community College's Board of Education voted to appoint Sunrise Water Authority General Manager Wade E. Hathhorn to the position that had been previously filled by Dave Hunt.
Hunt resigned on July 15 following his citation for commercial sexual solicitation. In September, Hunt pleaded guilty to offering to pay a fee to engage in sexual contact with a woman. In his plea agreement, the former Oregon House Speaker agreed to enter a Sex Buyers Accountability and Diversion program. If he fails to take the class or is arrested on another charge within six months, he faces conviction and five days in jail.
Hathhorn said he's "simply thrilled" to have the opportunity to serve on the CCC Board.
"I hope to bring the many lessons from my work both in the private and public sector back to academia with the hopes of truly making a difference to the institution as well as the community it serves," he said.
An Oak Lodge resident, Hathhorn began his professional career in academia, which he says remains a passion, after he was a professor at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and Washington State University. He said he hopes to return to professional academia someday.
"Having been granted the opportunity to join the CCC Board is literally part of that dream," he said. "I love giving my time and energy towards efforts that can change the lives of others, especially through higher education. This is a big part of who I was and am still today."
Hathhorn was the vice-president of a construction engineering company prior to his 2010 appointment, the senior executive in charge of the drinking water utility serving customers in the northeastern Clackamas County. He has served as the chair of the Clackamas River Water Providers, and as vice-chair of the Regional Water Providers Consortium Technical Committee.
CCC's seven board members are elected to four-year terms to represent each of the seven zones in the college's service district. The board oversees the development of programs and services, as well as the adoption of policies and budget to meet the needs of the college district.
Hathhorn received three degrees in civil engineering, a bachelor's from the University of Nevada master's from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate from the University of Texas. After seven years as a university professor, he embarked on a 13-year career as a consultant in 1997.
"I often found myself in the role as a senior executive responsible for the vision and success of the organization that I served," he wrote in his application for appointment to the CCC Board. "I understand strategy and have a proven record of professional success, whether it be in corporate business or service to the public. I also understand finances and the strength it provides to an organization that does them well. Moreover, I am passionate about creating a vision, embraced by leaders who share a common purpose to foster personal and professional growth."
As the newest CCC Board member, Hathhorn will serve out the first half Hunt's term until June 30, 2023. Hathhorn may run to keep the seat for the remaining two years of the term in the May 2023 election.
Hathhorn is representing the CCC Zone 3 boundaries. These include Gladstone, Jennings Lodge and parts of Oak Grove. He will take the oath of office on Nov. 17.
This article has been edited to include the specific charge for which Dave Hunt was arrested and the specific terms of his plea agreement.
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