New Board Member and New President for COCC

It was a day of big announcements at Central Oregon Community College today. During a special meeting the board made some big decisions in regards to the school’s leadership going forward.

First on the agenda was swearing in new board member Jim Clinton, a former Bend Mayor, who replaced John Mundy who resigned in December.

Also at today’s meeting the board announced the three finalists being considered for school president.

The finalists are:

  • Dr. Kimberlee Messina, a former vice president at interim president at Foothill College in California.
  • Dr. Tod Treat, who currently serves as interim vice president for instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington.
  • and Dr. Laurie Chesley, who is the executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

All three finalists will visit Central Oregon next month for interviews with the board and public interviews where students and community members will be able to participate.

The board hopes to have selected a new president by the end of February, ahead of current COCC President Shirley Metcalf’s retirement on July 1st.


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