President Search

Oct 16, 2017

The Clackamas Community College president position closed Friday, Oct. 13.

In September, the President Search Advisory Committee developed an application process for students, faculty and staff to serve on the Expanded Search Advisory Committee. This committee, which has broad representation from across the college, will play an important role in the Board of Education’s search for CCC’s next president.

The Expanded Search Advisory Committee members are:

Preston PulliamsSearch Consultant, Gold Hill Associates
Jane ReidBoard of Education, committee co-chair
Ron AdamsBoard of Education, committee co-chair
Dave HuntBoard of Education
Amanda CoffeyTransition Liaison, English Faculty
Bill WatersDean, Curriculum, Planning, and Research
Denice BaileyExecutive Assistant to the President
Francia LockerbyStudent
Jairo RodriguezStudent, Associated Student Government President
Laurette ScottEducation Faculty, FTF President-Elect
Elizabeth CarneyAssessment Coordinator, Faculty
Susan EdwardsComputer Science, Part-time Faculty
Susan PeszneckerEnglish, Part-time Faculty
Kelly WhiteAdministrative Assistant, Art Department
Max WeddingBusiness Systems Analyst, AFAC Division
Lisa DavidsonExecutive Director, CBI Division
Chris SmithHR Compliance Specialist
Jarett GilbertDirector of Health Sciences, Harmony Representative
Christopher HughesStudents Services Coordinator, Wilsonville Representative
Alice NorrisFoundation Board

October and November will be busy months for the expanded committee in terms of screening applicants, selecting and interviewing semi-finalists, and ultimately working with Preston to select finalists to recommend to the Board. The Board of Education will approve finalists in January, at which point reference checks, interviews and both internal and external community forums will commence. The Board of Education’s final selection and appointment will occur early spring.

Sept 18, 2017

Expanded President Search Advisory Committee

On Sept. 18, all CCC staff and faculty received an email encouraging them to apply for the Expanded President Search Advisory Committee. The committee plays an important role in the president search process by reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, attending meetings and campus events, and supporting and advising the Board of Education on its final selection. Associated Student Government, administrative staff, confidential staff and each association will have two representatives on the expanded committee. One representative will be appointed through their respective association leadership and the other through application and appointment by the Board.

Application Requirements/Process

If applying to serve on the Expanded President Search Advisory Committee, staff and faculty were asked to consider the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the best interests of CCC. Although members of the expanded committee serve as representatives of specific constituent groups, committee members will be expected to bring a “College-wide” perspective to their search work.
  • Record of active engagement in College affairs.  Relevant experience may include leadership or service at the College, or other activities that have broadened the applicant’s perspective on the College.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality. Committee members will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to foster frank discussion and protect the confidentiality of candidates and committee members during the process.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others. The work of the Committee will critically depend on listening and responding thoughtfully, not only to the greater CCC community, but to each other, as well.
  • Willingness and ability to devote the time, energy, and attention required for full participation in the search process. Committee members will be expected to attend all meetings, which may be held during evenings and weekends. Throughout the process, Committee members must be willing to put in the time to review documents and come fully prepared to all meetings. Because of the intensive commitment required of Committee members, the Board will encourage efforts to make reasonable accommodations for them by their colleagues and supervisors.
  • Commitment to Equity and Inclusion: Committee members should have a demonstrated track record of commitment to diversity and inclusion as evidenced by both their work and actions at CCC.

The work of the expanded group will begin as early as late October and will continue through spring term.

July 5, 2017

The Clackamas Community College president position is open. A link to the position posting can be found at here.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

Application process

To be considered for this position, submit the following at

  1. Online application form.
  2. Current resume.
  3. A letter of application that succinctly addresses the position profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve the needs of CCC (not to exceed five pages). Cite examples from background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise.

Selection Timeline (Subject to change)

  • Oct. 13, 2017: Closing date for applications
  • Mid-November 2017: Semifinalists interviews
  • Mid-December 2017: Board of Education approves finalists
  • February 2018: On-campus interviews by Board and college community
  • April 2018: Announcement of new president

For confidential inquiries, contact Gold Hill Associates:
Preston Pulliams -

For further inquiries, contact:
CCC Transition Liaison Amanda Coffey -

June 7, 2017

President profile forum results

Clackamas Community College held a series of nine forums on all three campuses during the week of May 8-12. Three of the forums were specific to the college’s internal community, and additional forums were held with college association leadership and Associated Student Government. Approximately 150 people attended the forums.

To hear from those who could not attend the forums, the college also held an online survey. The survey had 109 respondents, including 71 members of CCC faculty/staff and 14 students. The remaining respondents were district residents, business representatives, donors and Foundation members.

Clear themes emerged in the forums and the online survey:


  • Relations-based, engaged and participatory culture of shared governance
  • Student-centered
  • Strong mission: equal support for all four core themes
  • Poised for growth: new buildings, local support, systems, initiatives
  • Location - Clackamas County (rural/urban mix) and Oregon in general


  • Budget: funding, PERS, legislative efforts
  • Maintaining and growing partnerships: workforce, industry, K-12, 4-year institutions
  • Enrollment: recruitment, retention, completion
  • Diversity: actual and philosophical
  • Resistance to change: everything from defining the “Clackamas way” to policies and processes

Experience and background

  • Community college background or experience
  • Human relations and leadership
  • Strong communicator, practiced listener
  • Budget and finance
  • Public relations, funding-raising, politics

The President Search Advisory Committee used these themes to help develop the president profile that will be used for recruitment. The Board of Education is slated to approve the profile during its June 28 meeting. The position is expected to be posted June 29

May 10, 2017

Take the president search survey

If you couldn't attend one of the president search forums, there is still time to share with us what you think are important considerations in hiring our next president. In addition to submitting ideas in the areas of educational preparation, background and experience of the new president, you can also identify upcoming challenges and needs for the college.

Link to survey

The college is gathering this feedback to develop a "success profile" that will serve as a lens for the president search. The profile will be developed by the search advisory committee and Gold Hill Associates and approved by the Board of Education. For questions about the survey, email

April 27, 2017

A series of public forums will be held May 8-12 on all three CCC campuses. College faculty, staff and students and members of the community are invited to participate in facilitated discussions to help develop the profile of the next president.

The forums will be facilitated by search firm Gold Hill Associates. Information collected at the forums will be compiled and shared with the Search Advisory Committee, who will develop the profile that will be approved by the Board of Education. The college is seeking input on: challenges the next president will face, opportunities that will be available, and expectations of the next president. Refreshments will be served.

Campus forums - open to all students and college staff and faculty:

Date TimeLocation
May 8th3:30-5 p.m.Gregory Forum 108
May 10thNoon-1:30 p.m.Community Center 127
May 11th8:30-10 a.m.Gregory Forum 108

Community Forums - open to all CCC district residents, college staff, faculty and students:

May 8th5:30-7 p.m.Gregory Forum 108
May 9th3:30-5 p.m.Wilsonville Commons
May 9th5:30-7 p.m.Wilsonville Commons
May 11th3:30-5 p.m.Harmony Lobby
May 11th5:30-7 p.m.Harmony 310
May 12thNoon-1:30 p.m.Community Center 127

View a map of CCC’s main campuses.

April 26, 2017

For more than 50 years, Clackamas Community College has been changing with the times and working to meet the needs of the community. CCC is known for high-quality education and training opportunities, lifetime learning and robust student life programming.

Recognized for its committed, supportive faculty and staff, CCC offers classes and services to a diverse student body totaling more than 38,000 at three active campuses - the Oregon City campus, the Harmony Community Campus in Milwaukie and the Wilsonville campus.

In March 2017, CCC President Joanne Truesdell announced her decision to retire her presidency effective July 2018. Using Gold Hill Associates, the CCC Board of Education is conducting a national search for the college’s next leader.

The Board of Education is committed to an open and inclusive process that allows for community and college involvement according to the college’s Shared Governance Process. The board takes seriously its role in selecting the ninth president for CCC.

A series of college and public forums will be held in May to seek input from faculty, staff, students and the community on institutional and leadership needs in order to develop the president profile. A search advisory committee will be developed to assist in the president search and selection.