Through five decades, Portland Community College has evolved into the region's largest post-secondary institution, serving more than 85,000 students each year with hundreds of different programs. Across our 500 square mile district, we are providing exceptional and affordable educational opportunities—to students, to businesses and partners, and to communities.
Because of PCC's enormous scope and impact, the search for our next college president is of critical importance.
The PCC Board of Directors is currently conducting a national search for our college's next leader. The Board is committed to an open and inclusive process, and will provide opportunities along the way for faculty, staff, students and members of the public to offer input and insights.
To provide as much information as possible, major action steps during the search will be documented here.
This is an important decision for our community, and we welcome your participation. If at any point in the search process you have questions or comments, please contact us through Jeannie Moton, Assistant to the Board of Directors.
July 21, 2016
The PCC Board of Directors today unanimously approved Mark Mitsui as Portland Community College’s next president.
Mitsui currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges for the U.S. Department of Education, advancing President Obama’s community college agenda through partnerships with federal agencies and national stakeholders. He will join PCC on September 1, 2016.
In making their announcement, Board members emphasized Mitsui's passion for the transformative power of community colleges.
"President Mitsui brings demonstrated strengths as a strategic thinker and transparent decision-maker, and he is a passionate advocate for social justice and inclusion. Coupled with his wealth of regional and national connections, he is a natural fit for PCC and one we believe will benefit the students and communities we serve." Presidential search co-chair Gene Pitts
May 31, 2016
Captioned videos of finalist forums are now available. Students, faculty, staff and community members who were unable to attend or stream a live session are encouraged to view the videos and contribute feedback via online comment forms.
Presidential Finalist Videos:
Input on the candidates can be contributed online (see below) through noon on Friday, June 3.
May 23, 2016
Students, faculty, staff and community members who have attended or live streamed the forum sessions are encouraged to give feedback.
President Finalist Forum Surveys:
May 20, 2016
Finalist forums will be streamed live May 23-27 (see the schedule posted May 16) for faculty, students, staff and community members who cannot attend in person. Instructions:
- Before the forum begins, check that your system is Adobe Connect ready.
- At the time of the forum, use this link to enter the PCC Presidential Search Finalist Forum room. Type in your first name, then click "Enter Room." Please note that the audio stream is being sent separately in an effort to keep Abobe Connect from bogging down during transmission. As a result, you will need to dial in to the audio stream separately.
- To access the audio stream, dial in to (877) 402-9753 and enter access code 7250148.
If you are unable to attend the forums in person but would like to submit a question for a finalist, you have three options:
- Submit a question via the chat function of Adobe Connect
- Submit a question via email to email@example.com
- Submit a question via twitter at #AskFuturePres
Questions will be monitored during the live forums and forwarded to the event moderator. (There may not be enough time for all questions to be answered.)
May 16, 2016
Search co-chairs Kali Thorne Ladd and Gene Pitts today announced three finalists for the position of PCC President: Mark Mitsui of Washington, D.C.; Melinda Nish of Bonita, California.; and Rassoul Dastmozd of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brief biographies of the candidates are included in the press announcement. Each finalist is highly qualified with a breadth of experience in community college leadership.
Public and student forums
PCC will welcome the candidates to Portland the week of May 23 to meet with faculty, staff, students and the community at large. All are invited to meet the finalists in person, ask questions, and offer input during public and student forums on PCC's four campuses:
|Monday, May 23||9:15am||Sylvania||ST 100||Open Forum|
|Monday, May 23||1pm||Sylvania||ST 100||Student Forum|
|Monday, May 23||2:45pm||Rock Creek||Event Center B||Open Forum|
|Tuesday, May 24||8:30am||Southeast||Community Hall||Open Forum|
|Tuesday, May 24||12:15pm||Cascade||MAHB 104||Open Forum|
|Wednesday, May 25||9:15am||Sylvania||ST 100||Open Forum|
|Wednesday, May 25||1pm||Sylvania||ST 100||Student Forum|
|Wednesday, May 25||3pm||Cascade||MAHB 104||Open Forum|
|Thursday, May 26||8:30am||Rock Creek||Event Center B||Open Forum|
|Thursday, May 26||10:30am||Southeast||Community Hall||Open Forum|
|Thursday, May 26||2pm||Cascade||MAHB 104||Open Forum|
|Thursday, May 26||4pm||Rock Creek||Event Center B||Open Forum|
|Friday, May 27||9:15am||Sylvania||ST 100||Open Forum|
|Friday, May 27||1pm||Sylvania||ST 100||Student Forum|
|Friday, May 27||3pm||Southeast||Community Hall||Open Forum|
In June, former PCC President Dr. Preston Pulliams of executive search firm Goldhill Associates will facilitate sessions with the full PCC Board of Directors to evaluate the finalists. A final decision is expected this summer.
March 18, 2016
The Presidential Search Committee today announced the following anticipated search schedule:
- Presidential profile finalized: March
- Position posted locally and nationally: March 11
- Applications due for best consideration: April 20
- Initial in-person interviews: second week of May
- Finalist interviews and on-campus forums: late May
- Offer: summer 2016
February 19, 2016
Search Co-chairs Kali Thorne Ladd and Gene Pitts today announced the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, emphasizing the group's vital mix of perspectives and experiences. Over the next six months, this committed team of students, faculty, staff and community members will advise the PCC Board of Directors in its search for a new college leader.
Presidential Search Advisory Committee
- Pamela Blumenthal,
- Director, Alternative Programs
- Margaret Carter,
- Community Member
- Kate Chester,
- Director, Community Engagement
- Magda D'Angelis-Morris,
- Instructor, Dental Assisting
- Linda Degman,
- Director, PCC Bond Program
- Cassandra Garcia,
- Student Leader
- Darilis Garcia-McMillian,
- Director, Outreach, Orientation and Enrollment
- Jeff Grider,
- Public Safety Officer
- Marion Levitan,
- PCC Foundation Board Member
- Neal Naigus,
- Program Manager, Life by Design
- David Squire,
- Past PCC Board Member
- Matt Stockton,
- Instructor, Philosophy
February 1, 2016
Staff, faculty, students and community members unable to attend in-person forums with Gold Hill Associates were offered an opportunity to participate through an online survey.
January 15, 2016
Board today announced that Gold Hill Associates will host forums to gather input from PCC faculty, staff, students and community members about preferred qualities in the next PCC president. Former PCC President Dr. Preston Pulliams of Gold Hill will facilitate these meetings.
Information gathered at the sessions will be compiled and shared with the Search Advisory Committee. The committee will make use of this input as they draft the official presidential profile to be approved by the PCC Board and utilized throughout the search.
Times and locations for the PCC Presidential Search Forums are as follows:
Tuesday, February 2
|9am||Southeast Campus||Great Hall|
|12pm||Cascade Campus||MAHB Auditorium|
|3pm||Sylvania Campus||Performing Arts Center|
|6pm||Sylvania Campus||CC 238/238|
Wednesday, February 3
|9am||Downtown Center||Rose Room|
|12pm||Southeast Campus||Great Hall|
|4pm||Cascade Campus||MAHB Auditorium|
Thursday, February 4
|9am||Sylvania Campus||Performing Arts Center|
|4pm||Rock Creek||Events Center|
|6pm||Rock Creek||Events Center|
Friday, February 5
|1pm||Rock Creek||Events Center|
|4pm||Willow Creek||Great Room|
Saturday, February 6
|10am||Willow Creek||Room 109|
The PCC Board of Directors and search consultant Gold Hill Associates have invited members of the college community to nominate colleagues to serve on the presidential search advisory committee. The Board is committed to seeking nominations that reflect PCC’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Nominees should have a broad perspective, a deep understanding of PCC’s strengths and needs, record of engagement in college affairs, the ability to maintain confidentiality, a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, and a willingness to make a significant time commitment over a six month period.
October 26, 2015
PCC Board of Directors votes unanimously to name Gold Hill Associates, an executive search firm from Jackson, Mississippi, to lead PCC's presidential search, citing the team's:
- deep experience with community colleges,
- track record placing candidates from underrepresented groups,
- scope and depth of national connections,
- understanding of the Pacific Northwest, and
- commitment to an open and inclusive search process.
Former PCC President Preston Pulliams is a Gold Hill principal, which puts the firm in a unique position to understand PCC's characteristics and needs.
Board members and PCC leaders review and select three finalists. The search consultant finalists are:
Finalists will be interviewed during the October 26 board meeting.
September 23, 2015
The RFQ for a search consultant is released, with responses due October 7.
September 14, 2015
During PCC’s district-wide In-service event for all faculty and staff, Board members attend breakout sessions in which employees describe the unique character of PCC to help inform the presidential search. A summary of responses is below.
- Breakout 1: What is important to know about PCC culture and cultures?
- Breakout 2: What is important to know about PCC students?
- Breakout 3: What is important to know about PCC employees?
- Breakout 4: What is important to know about PCC program offerings
- Breakout 5: What is important to know about PCC’s connection to our community?
The Board commences initial planning, reviews previous documentation, and develops an RFQ for a search consultant. The consultant's scope of work will include leading the search process, and identifying and vetting local and national candidates.
PCC Board of Directors today announced that Director Gene Pitts and Director Kali Thorne-Ladd will serve as co-chairs of the search process.