Office of Vice President for Instruction
Charles Abasa-Nyarko is the VP for Instruction at COCC
The Office of VP for Instruction is located in: Metolius Hall, Room 202, COCC Bend Campus.
On behalf of faculty and staff dedicated to quality instruction, the instructional leadership team would like to welcome you to Central Oregon Community College. I am certain you will be impressed by the high caliber of instruction that you will receive at COCC both in noncredit and credit course offerings and programs.
Teaching and learning is a dynamic and collaborative process. Open communication, hard work, and engagement with peers, faculty, library and tutoring services will assist in your success. We wish you the very best in your lifelong learning and academic pursuits.
Charles Abasa-Nyarko has over twenty-five years of progressive professional
academic and leadership experience in higher education with twelve of those
years in the community college environment. His academic background includes a
doctoral degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina
in Columbia, SC in 1988, a master’s degree in political science from Brigham
Young University in Provo, Utah in 1984, and a bachelor’s degree in political
science from University of Ghana in 1979. As a part of my preparation for
expanding leadership positions, I was selected to participate in the Executive
Leadership Institute (ELI) sponsored by the LEAGUE for Innovation in the
Community College (2003), The Thomas Larkin Institute for Mentored leadership
(2001), and ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers (2005). Since his
doctorate, his career has spanned many aspects of higher education: teaching,
consulting and administration.
he serves as the vice president for instruction (VPI) at Central Oregon
Community College in Bend, Oregon. Before COCC, he was the executive planner
and project manager at Baltimore City Community College in Maryland. Most
recently, he worked as a consultant in Ghana. Before moving abroad, he served
as vice president of academic affairs at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)
in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to
coming to BHCC, he worked at Gloucester County College in New Jersey as vice
president for academic and student services and later as vice president for
academic services. Also, he spent three
years as dean of arts and sciences (co-chief academic officer) at Muskegon
Community College in Muskegon, Michigan and more than two years at South
Suburban College in Illinois as associate dean of English, library, social and
behavioral sciences. Dr. Abasa-Nyarko also had professional association with
Norfolk State University in Virginia as director of the center for the
prevention of crime illiteracy and poverty.
he became an administrator, he taught for eight years at Livingstone College in
North Carolina as an assistant professor from 1988-93 and at Elizabeth City
State University also in North Carolina as an associate professor. He really
had an opportunity to get into the classroom, to teach core courses and to gain
an understanding of what it means to have a heavy course load. During that
time, he discovered his enjoyment of organizing, serving and administrating,
which naturally led to his desire to become the VPI at COCC. I am motivated by the desire to help faculty,
students and staff teach and learn.
His several years of
work in higher education have given him opportunities to develop leadership
skills in several areas including: teaching and learning; strategic planning
and thinking; accreditation; assessment of student learning; student services;
recruitment and retention (for faculty and students); working in a unionized
college environment; serving a diverse student population; working in a
multi-campus system; international education, budgeting and financial
management; alumni relations; and governmental relations.
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