Retirement didn't last long for Dan Saltzman.
The 65-year-old Hillsdale resident, who has served as Portland City Councilor and Multnomah County Commissioner, is back in the game. He was sworn in on July 18 as a member of the Portland Community College Board of Directors.
Saltzman applied for the position representing Zone 5, which covers parts of Beaverton and Southwest Portland, and will serve as its representative until he runs for a full four-year term in 2021. He was appointed to serve in the seat vacated by Valdez Bravo, who stepped down earlier this year when he moved out of Zone 5.
Saltzman, a graduate of the Massachusetts of Technology, previously served on the PCC Board from 1989 to 1999.
"I love Portland Community College. From my photography classes I just completed to serving on the governing board for ten years, I know the institution inside and out and appreciate its accessibility and its affordability for students and the esprit des corps of its faculty and staff," he wrote to the SW Connection in an email.
Saltzman, who was the longest-serving Portland City Councilor since 1969, sees PCC as a vital institution.
"PCC is the modern-day Ellis Island. People from all nations, all cultures, and all walks of life come to seek a better life, more opportunity and happiness. Given our times, it is more important than ever that PCC be a diverse and welcoming place for our immigrants and refugees," he wrote.
As a member of the PCC Board, he'll be called upon to, "build relationships with key transportation and housing partners," as well as, "be an advocate for PCC with other governmental institutions."
"I understand the importance of adopting a balanced budget, establishing policy, maintaining good labor relations and listening to concerns of our students and residents," Saltzman wrote.
PCC, with four campuses in the Portland area, is the largest post-secondary educational institution in Oregon. Its original campus is the Sylvania Campus located at 12000 SW 49th Ave., just off Southwest Capitol Highway. The entire PCC annual budget in 2015-17 was $464 million, funded by tuition, state funds and local property taxes.
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