On Monday, April 1, the Portland Community College Board of Directors announced that it was united behind Dr. Jeremy Brown as its top candidate to serve as the college’s next president.
The announcement was made at an evening board special session, with the board sharing that it will begin contract negotiations with Brown immediately. The board anticipates the contract being finalized by mid-April.
“Dr. Brown is the best choice to build on the success PCC has achieved under Dr. Pulliams’ leadership and to lead us to even greater success through the challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Denise Frisbee, PCC Board Chair. “We believe Dr. Brown is a collaborative leader who will build strong internal and external relationships; a great communicator who will chart an inspiring vision and move PCC forward; and an innovator who will look for opportunities to strengthen PCC, even when budgets are tight.”
The board found Brown’s experience as president of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Canton to be especially pertinent for his work at PCC. Both are public institutions, with SUNY at Canton awarding certificates and associate’s degrees to its students, in addition to bachelor’s degrees. Brown understands the importance of workforce development and career technical education as well as our role in preparing students to transfer.
Education reform in Oregon will require even further collaboration among community colleges and universities. Brown’s extensive administrative experience across all higher education sectors will be an asset to PCC as it works to improve coordination across institutions and increase student success in order to meet the state’s aggressive higher education goals.
Additionally, Brown’s background as an instructor impressed the board.
“He is a teacher by training,” said Frisbee. “As a physics instructor, he has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faculty face, what students need, the questions they have, and what motivates them to learn. His student-centered approach to leadership reflects the values that are so core to PCC.”
Upon finalization of the contract, Brown is slated to join PCC July 1.