Presidential Profile

Central Oregon Community College
Presidential Profile: October 10, 2018


Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is the oldest two-year college in Oregon, providing comprehensive educational services to a district covering 10,000 square miles. COCC has a main campus in Bend, a vibrant and attractive community of over 90,000 residents. In addition, COCC operates satellite centers in the cities of Redmond, Madras and Prineville. Last year, COCC served nearly 16,000 students in credit and noncredit programs.

In its nearly 70-year history, COCC has had only five presidents, most serving for 10 years or more. A seven-member, locally-elected governing Board of Directors recently approved the 2018-23 Strategic Plan, which aligns with the College’s mission, vision, values and themes, and defines a set of institutional goals for continued improvement in College operations. The College is on sound financial footing, the result of strategic and conservative fiscal-management practices.

The College is supported by the COCC Foundation, which manages assets of more than $23 million. In 2018-19, the Foundation will offer more than $1.5 million in scholarships and program support to the College.

Qualifications and Experience:

COCC seeks a passionate and innovative leader who will inspire student success, is dedicated to the community college mission, and will make a long-term commitment to the region.

Our next president will possess strong fiscal-management skills, have the ability to inspire and direct a team, and will have experience or knowledge of accreditation and collective bargaining.

In addition, the College is searching for a president who embraces the identified priority items of the institution and demonstrates an ability to manage them for the benefit of the College and our community.

To best address the current challenges and opportunities, COCC is seeking a candidate with the following specific experiences and skill sets:

  • Experience working with community and business stakeholders on Career and Technical Education and workforce development programs and initiatives to better meet the needs of the region.
  • The ability to maintain and develop partnerships throughout the region, including with local school districts and higher education institutions, as well as business and industry.
  • A commitment to a shared governance model, promoting open dialogue and honest collaboration. At COCC, shared governance is integral at every level and department of the College.
  • Service to a geographic area of approximately 10,000 square miles and oversight of the comprehensive campus in Bend and three satellite centers tailored to the specific (and often more rural) needs of those communities.
  • The commitment to grow and further define the College’s partnership with a recently established university campus within the College’s service area.
  • Collaborate with an engaged elected board.
  • The ability to work with and support a growing and creative College Foundation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required; earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is highly preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of senior-level management experience, preferably at a community college.
  • Instructional experience, preferably at a community college.