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Poppe named dean of Extended Learning Campus
Photos and Story by James Hill
PORTLAND, Ore. Nan Poppe, who has served as PCC’s dean of adult and continuing education since 1998, has been named the executive dean of the newly named PCC Extended Learning Campus. The new organizational unit will be based out of the new Southeast Center.Poppe, a resident of southwest Portland, has had 15 years of community college service with community colleges. She has served as dean of adult and continuing education at PCC for the last five years and, before that, director of the Maywood Park Campus at Mt. Hood Community College. Previously, she was director of training and development at Lane Community College. She received a doctorate from Oregon State University, a master’s degree from Fresno State University and her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University."I am really excited about this new job and look forward to guiding the Extended Learning Campus toward becoming a more prominent player in the economic development of the region,"Poppe said. "We will also focus on continuing to grow and serve our students."The PCC Board of Directors approved the renaming of the Open Campus as the Extended Learning Campus and created the executive dean position to administer it. The substantial growth of both the Cascade and Rock Creek open campuses, which were directed by the campus’ executive deans, called for the centralization of the open campuses under its own leadership. This move is the combining of several departments into one, thus creating cost savings to the college.