Portland Community College (PCC) seeks its eighth President to build on the College’s past successes including record-breaking fundraising, and burgeoning business and industry and workforce development partnerships. This opportunity also includes the ongoing implementation of the adopted 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. This plan addresses long-term impacts of the pandemic on academic life, prepares the College to adapt to future enrollment and demographic shifts in the community, and reflects the institution’s commitment to equitable student success by delivering access to quality education in a collaborative culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The College is poised to be identified as a top-level institution in terms of equitable student success.
As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves more than 50,000 full-time and part-time students annually across a 1,500-square-mile district that spans five counties: Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia. The College advances equitable and sustainable economic prosperity for students and the community by providing a high quality education with flexible delivery methods, fostering a culture of belonging for all, being innovative and enterprising, and preparing students to thrive in work and life. The College is completing a large-scale, holistic reorganization of the institution in order to advance equitable student success.
The next President must be a dynamic, collaborative, successful and highly visible leader who can communicate an institutional vision to both internal and external constituents, motivate and support employees with implementation of that vision, build external support, and move the institution forward to achieve strategic goals.
The President of PCC is the Chief Executive Officer for all four campuses and its many workforce centers and reports directly to the Board of Directors. Some of the key opportunities include:
- Unifying the four campuses and multiple centers around the recent re-organization resulting in clarification of roles and clear decision-making processes
- Continuing to build community involvement and support for the College
- Managing the challenge of balancing the budget and ensuring the financial vitality of the institution
- Implementing the strategic plan (already developed and approved)
- Taking advantage of the collaboration that will be encouraged by centralizing the campus functions
- Expanding career preparation programs in consultation with community business partners
- Maintaining and strengthening the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, social justice, and anti-racism
To ensure full consideration, completed applications are due by February 1, 2022. The search page, which includes the Executive Search Profile and application and nomination links, is located at https://rhperry.com/PCCPresident.
RH Perry & Associates, a national executive search firm, is assisting PCC in this search. All confidential communications may be directed to: Dr. Sue DeWine, Senior Consultant, and Mr. Jesse Thompson, Senior Consultant and Director of Community College Searches, at PCCPresident@rhperry.com.