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PCC names four finalists for Cascade Campus presidency

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Portland Community College has announced four finalists for the vacant Cascade Campus president position.

After a national search, PCC has named finalists Jeffery S. Boyd of Elgin Community College in Illinois, Karin Edwards of Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut, Sylvia Kelley of Southern Oregon University and Glenn Smith of Concordia University. The four will participate in public forums at the auditorium in the Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) The public and college community are welcomed to attend.

The position became vacant last fall when Algie Gatewood left to be the next president of Alamance Community College in his home state of North Carolina. Below is the schedule for the forums and links to the live broadcasts in case you cannot attend them in person.

Jeffery S. Boyd: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Monday, March 31.

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Jeffery Boyd – Main Link

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Jeffery Boyd – (Back up)

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Jeffery Boyd – Main Link

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Jeffery Boyd – (Back Up)

Karin Edwards: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 1.

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Karin Edwards – Main Link

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Karin Edwards – (Back Up)

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Karin Edwards – Main Link

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Karin Edwards -(Back Up)

Sylvia Kelley: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, April 2.

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Sylvia Kelley – Main Link

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Sylvia Kelley – (Back Up)

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Sylvia Kelley – Main Link

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Sylvia Kelley – (Back Up)

Glenn Smith: Forum: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Thursday, April 3.

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Glenn Smith – Main Link

10:30 a.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Glenn Smith – (Back Up)

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Glenn Smith – Main Link

3 p.m. – PCC Cascade Forum -Glenn Smith – (Back Up)

Jeffery S. Boyd is the dean of sustainability, business and career technologies at Elgin Community College (Elgin, Ill.). Boyd provides leadership in curriculum and program development, faculty and staff supervision, professional development, policy formation, strategic planning, assessment of learning, program review, budget/grant development, and capital equipment purchases. In collaboration with faculty and staff, he has secured $800,000 in funding, collectively, from the Department of Education, Department of Justice, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Illinois Community College Board, private donors and business partners. He has developed educational enhancement programs for at-risk youth and served as a liaison with educational institutions, community agencies, local and state government agencies.

Karin Edwards is the dean of student development and services at Three Rivers Community College (Norwich, Conn.). She serves as chief student affairs officer, overseeing marketing, public relations, admissions, recruitment, financial aid, veteran affairs, records and registration, counseling, advising, placement testing, career services, student activities, childcare, off-campus operations, and student discipline. Edwards is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that foster student success. She participates in college-wide planning, budgeting and assessment. She has targeted efforts to recruit and retain students from underrepresented ethnic groups, including meeting with minority community leaders and being active in minority-serving, community-based organizations.

Sylvia Kelley is vice president for development and executive director of the Foundation at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Kelley serves as the chief executive of the university’s non-profit and its six affiliates. Before arriving at Southern Oregon University, she served as director for corporate education and workforce development/contract training in the Dallas County Community College District’s Bill J. Priest Institute for Workforce Training and Economic Development. There, she contracted with companies to deliver workforce training taught by full-time and adjunct faculty. This urban center was part of the city of Dallas’ revitalization area, serving a diverse population in a region with a high need for campus student services and job training.

Glenn Smith is the executive vice provost for Concordia University. Smith has worked at Concordia for the past 23 years in student affairs where he provides organizational leadership for fiscal and strategic planning. He is responsible for all student services, including the Office of Registrar and athletics, with additional experience in leading the admissions and financial aid departments. He also is responsible for community engagement, career advising, service learning, academic advising, mental health counseling, residence life and housing, campus life, public safety, ADA compliance, Title IX, student government, and student conduct. Most recently, he has taken on the vision of the Concordia NE Portland’s online program. In this capacity, he is leading a multi-state and campus consortium to organize an academic portfolio of offerings while forming and managing a diverse operational staff to bring online education into a national market.

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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