Since 2004, Dr. Susan Wolff has been the chief academic officer at Columbia Gorge Community College — a college that now serves 5,900 students across seven counties in the mid-Columbia region.
Wolff is about to take the skills and achievements of the last eight years with her to a new leadership position.
Montana State University President Waded Cruzado announced on Monday that Wolff will become the new dean and CEO for MSU-Great Falls College of Technology. She is slated to start July 16.
“CGCC has been fortunate to have Dr. Wolff’s leadership, energy and passion,” said Dr. Frank Toda, CGCC president. He also noted that Wolff “has been a key participant in putting CGCC on the path to independent accreditation in 2013.”
“Dr. Wolff has a long and distinguished career in two-year education,” Cruzado said in the announcement of Wolff’s selection. “She has a great depth of experience and a great enthusiasm for helping students become the best they can be. She will be a wonderful addition to Montana State.”
“It will be hard to leave CGCC and this area,” said Wolff. “It has felt like home to me and it is an honor to have worked with outstanding faculty, staff, students and community members these last eight years.”
In addition to her position at CGCC, Wolff will be leaving her posts on the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board, Hood River Rotary and the United Way Council of the Columbia Gorge.
“I am a native of Montana, and it does feel good to be returning home to share the skills and experiences I have gained since my departure in 1975,” said Wolff, who earned a bachelor’s degree in education from MSU. In addition to her numerous leadership positions within institutions of higher education since moving west, Wolff went on to obtain a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in community college leadership from Oregon State University.
Among many accomplishments achieved during her tenure at CGCC, Wolff also recently received national honors from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during its annual convention in Nashville.
“Dr. Wolff’s leadership at both the community college and university levels during her career in Oregon and Washington prepared her well for this position,” concluded Toda.