PCC chooses Southern Oregon’s Sylvia Kelley for VP post
Photos and Story by James Hill
Portland Community College has selected Southern Oregon University’s Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Foundation Sylvia Kelley as the new PCC vice president.
As vice president, Kelley will report to President Jeremy Brown and will serve as a member of his executive team. She will start her new role with PCC beginning Friday, Aug. 29. She replaces Randy McEwen, who retired this summer.
The college’s vice president provides strategic leadership across the district and ensures the advancement of PCC’s strategic plan in conjunction with the its mission, vision, and values, working in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and members of the external community. The position also serves as acting president in the president’s absence from the district.
“Throughout the hiring process, Ms. Kelley impressed the search committee with her depth of knowledge and experience,” said President Brown. “We are confident that Sylvia’s experience and her obvious commitment to PCC will be instrumental in helping us to further our mission and goals.”
Kelley served in her current cabinet-level job at Southern Oregon University since 2008. Prior to her post at Southern Oregon University, she was vice president for Institutional Advancement at Texas A&M University-Commerce, another senior leadership position. Kelley has worked for several community colleges in Texas and California, as a director of marketing and public affairs, as the director of corporate education and workforce development, and as an instructor of leadership and human relations. In addition, she has several years’ experience as a senior city planner.
“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to become a part of the PCC family,” Kelley said. “PCC is one of the most dynamic community colleges in the country. I consider it a privilege to work in this leadership role as the district vice president, with incredible employees who clearly understand the importance of serving our diverse students and the community.”