Community college board announces president search committee members

The quest for the next president of Columbia Gorge Community College entered a key phase this week with selection of a 17-member search committee by college board members Tuesday evening.

The volunteer committee represents various public sectors as well as college students, faculty and staff. Dr. Preston Pulliams, former president of Portland Community College and CEO of national search firm Gold Hill Associates, is conducting the search, beginning this week with open forums for the public and campus constituencies. Comments gathered in these events will identify important professional and personal characteristics to be included in the position announcement.

Search committee members announced by the board are: Supt. Candy Armstrong, North Wasco County School District; Annette Byers, college math faculty; Dana Campbell, college board member and retired public librarian; Martin Campos-Davis, Oregon Human Development Corporation; Martha Capovilla, college foundation board member and business owner; Danny Dehaze, college information technologies staff member; Dr. Kristen Dillon, family practice physician and director of Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization; Lee Fairchild, college board member and retired geologist; Cyndi Gentry, human resources director, Northern Wasco People’s Utility District; Supt. Dan Goldman, Hood River County School District; Rob Kovacich, college chemistry faculty; Mary Martin, college instructional services staff; Jonathan Neptune, Associated Student Government vice president at the college; Stephen Shwiff, history and business administration faculty and department chair, Career and Technical Education; Andrea Padilla Smith, CGCC student; Dr. Eric Studebaker, chief student services officer; and Jeanie Vieira, chief executive officer, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

As Pulliams attends the various forums, he’s gathering information that will guide the search process. He cautioned board members Tuesday that the marketplace for community college presidents is competitive, but said Columbia Gorge Community College’s location should prove attractive, as should the institution’s continuing commitment to innovation and constructive change.

College directors hope to select the institution’s next president, who will become only the third president after Dr. William Bell and Dr. Frank Toda, in the spring. A detailed timeline is under review this week by the search committee.

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