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CCC Welcomes New President
OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College is welcoming an Oregon City native as its next president. Dr. Tim Cook took the lead of the college July 2, replacing President Emerita Joanne Truesdell, who served as president since 2007.
Cook was raised in Oregon City and graduated from Oregon City High School in 1986. He recalls attending summer day camp at CCC as a child and studying subjects like fossils and astronauts. He also participated in track and cross-country meets at the college.
He was a first-generation college student and acknowledges the support and encouragement he received from his parents (residents of Oregon City for more than 45 years) to attend college.
"I still remember vividly what it felt like to step on the campus and go to my first classes. I had doubts about whether I belonged, whether I was smart enough to handle college," Cook said.
When he landed a job as a student employee while in college, he was encouraged to give tours, speak to parents and get involved. That, he said, is when he found his lifelong passion of helping college students achieve their dreams.
Cook comes to CCC after working for 21 years at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. His former positions include instructor, counselor, dean and chief academic officer.
As the chief academic officer at Clark College, Cook led a team of more than 600 faculty and staff, oversaw 120 degrees and programs, and managed a budget of $38 million. His experience includes leading the implementation of the college's initial two applied bachelor's degrees, championing the redesign and remodel of a culinary institute, and leading Clark's guided pathways initiative.
"I've spent the last 27 years working to improve student success so all students can achieve their education goals. As a first-generation college student, I know the impact community colleges have on students and the communities where they live," Cook said. "I look forward to reconnecting with and giving back to the community where I grew up."
Dr. Cook earned a doctorate in community college leadership from Oregon State University. He holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark College and a bachelor's degree in English from Western Oregon University.