Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Through five decades, Portland Community College has evolved into the region's largest post-secondary institution, serving more than 80,000 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 2015

PCC Board of Directors announces that Director Gene Pitts and Director Kali Thorne-Ladd will serve as co-chairs of the search process.

  • Kali Thorne Ladd
  • Gene Pitts

August 2015

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.

  • Staff members having a breakout discussion
  • circle of people having a breakout discussion

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.

September 23, 2015

The RFQ for a search consultant is released, with responses due October 7.

October 2015

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.

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 principle, which puts the firm in a unique position to understand PCC's characteristics and needs.