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Resignation of Mike Hereford Leaves Vacancy on PCC Board
Photos and Story by James Hill
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Community College Board member Mike Hereford resigned from the board this month, stating that his work and personal commitments left him with little time to devote to pressing college business. Hereford has been a member of the PCC board of directors since 1995, has twice served as chair of the board and was most recently elected to office in 2001. He represents zone 6 in PCC’s district."I have very much enjoyed my service on the board and the relationships I have established with the college community. I have been very proud to be associated with an institution that provides such outstanding educational opportunities for so many residents of our district," Hereford said. "Unfortunately, I don’t have the time right now to focus on the college budget and strategic planning efforts, and thought it in the best interests of the college that I step aside so someone else could bring new energy and attention to PCC."PCC President Jesus "Jess" Carreon said, "Mike Hereford has been an outstanding member of the board and we all will miss his leadership and dedication to the college. His years of service were invaluable to us. Mike was a key player in the college’s successful bond election in 2000, and he led the presidential search committee last year. He is highly respected among the college community, and we wish him all the best in the future." Hereford’s departure from the board leaves the remainder of his term in Zone 6 open for someone who lives in that part of PCC’s district. The zone encompasses portions of mid-Washington County, east of Gaston, Highway 26 south to Newberg and Dundee, and includes Aloha and Beaverton west of Scholls Ferry Road. Persons interested in applying for the vacancy may obtain a map and application materials by calling PCC at 503-977-4382, or by U.S. mail to: Public Affairs Office, PCC, PO Box 19000, Portland 97280-0990. Applications must be received by the college by 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. The board will interview applicants in early October and swear in a new member by Oct. 16.The person appointed to the board will serve until June 30, 2003 and if seeking a complete term, would have to run for office at the next board election, May 2003. The election would be for a four-year term and expire June 30, 2007.The PCC Board is composed of seven members, each elected by different geographical areas of the college district. The college district covers all or portions of five counties, and is 1500 square miles. The board is responsible for setting the overall policy for operation of the college, including hiring the college president, adopting the budget and approving contracts with employee groups. The board generally meets two times a month in the evenings.