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Hillsboro's McGlasson sworn onto PCC Board

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At its business meeting on July 19, the Portland Community College Board of Directors welcomed Marilyn McGlasson to its ranks.

McGlasson will serve Zone 7 (western Washington County), replacing the retired Karen McKinney. McGlasson is a retired school district superintendent who spent 33 years in various positions within the education field. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Portland State University. McGlasson has served on numerous advisory boards, including 22 years as a member of the Northwest Regional Education Service District Board of Directors (formerly Washington County ESD). Currently a volunteer with the Washington County Elder Safe program, McGlasson is a third generation Washington County resident and resides in Hillsboro.

“Portland Community College is such a valuable community resource and I’m honored to be a part of its future,” McGlasson said. “My reasons for being a board member are two fold. First, being a life-long learner, serving on the board will provide me the with new learning opportunities while at the same time I hope to use my 30-plus years as an administrator and board member within education to be of value to the college. Second, giving back to one’s community is important to me, a value stressed by my parents, with a father who served on local and regional education boards for 26 years. I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent Zone 7.”

In other board action, Jim Harper was voted as the 2007-08 chairman. Harper (Zone 4, encompassing downtown and portions of Columbia County) replaces Board Member Jaime Lim (Zone 6, east Washington County and southwest Portland), who served as interim board chair for half the year following the passing of longtime director Doreen Margolin. The PCC Board of Directors also picked Denise Frisbee (Zone 1, Lake Oswego, Tigard-Tualatin and Sherwood), as vice chairwoman, replacing Harper.

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 1,500 square miles. The board is responsible for setting the overall policy for operation of the college, including hiring the district president, adopting the budget and approving contracts with employee groups. The board generally meets once per month in the evenings. For more information visit the Web at, or call (503) 977-4334.

Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving approximately 88,200 full- and part-time students. For more PCC news, please visit us on the Web at PCC has three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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