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CCC President honored for 40 years of service
OREGON CITY - Dr. Joanne Truesdell, Clackamas Community College (CCC) president, was recently recognized for her hard work and dedication to the college’s students and the community with two prestigious awards.
On Nov. 2, she was honored with the Oregon Community College Association Howard Cherry Award. Named for the late Dr. Howard Cherry, a lifelong advocate for education and community college, this award recognizes those who have brought recognition of Oregon’s community colleges.
Truesdell also received the Clackamas Women in Leadership and Management Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 26.
"To say Dr. Truesdell is committed to the college, the community and our fellow community colleges is an understatement. Her dedication is tireless," CCC Board of Education Chair Jane Reid said. "Her leadership and vision define what Clackamas Community College is today and where we are headed in the future."
Truesdell returned to CCC as president in 2007 after beginning her academics and career at the college in the early 1980s. She graduated from CCC with an associate’s degree in business in 1982.
She has nearly 40 years of experience in Oregon community college leadership as a student, staff, faculty member and administrator.
Truesdell’s knowledge of Oregon's educational opportunities deepened as she earned degrees from Portland State University and the University of Portland and a doctorate in education from Oregon State. Truesdell has said that the most important degree she earned is her associate’s degree from Clackamas. Without it, her other degrees would not have been possible.
Her career path took her from work in career development, admissions and in the veteran services/students with disabilities office at CCC. At Portland Community College, Truesdell was first the director of the family resource center and then director of enrollment services. She went on to become dean of student development at Chemeketa Community College, and later served as executive dean.
At CCC, Truesdell has led the college through some of the most challenging times for education, as well as the successful passage of a $90-million bond referendum in 2014. Facing both budgetary challenges and new direction and expectations from the state, she provides thoughtful leadership that never loses sight of what is best for students and the community.
Under Truesdell’s leadership, CCC is an established partner in economic development in the region by integrating workforce and college services, earning national recognition for work around veterans’ reintegration and partnering with the Clackamas Community College Foundation to award more than $500,000 in scholarships each year.
Truesdell is retiring her presidency at the end of the academic year. The college is working with a consultant to conduct a nationwide search for the college’s next leader. The CCC Board of Education plans to announce the new president in April 2018.