Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Dear members of the community,

Cascade campus mall

Dr. Preston Pulliams, President of Portland Community College, announced in March his intent to retire in July 2013. Dr. Pulliams has served as the seventh president in PCC's 50-year history since coming to the college in 2004.

The PCC Board of Directors is conducting a national search for the college's next president, and is committed to an open and inclusive process that will involve the Board, faculty, staff, students, and members of the broader community.

If you're a stakeholder in the success of PCC and the region we serve, I invite you on behalf of the Board to be a part of this watershed moment in our community's history. The selection of our next president matters to everyone because PCC has such a deep, profound effect on the communities we serve. The college enrolls more than 90,000 students each year. What PCC does today is vital to our region's success tomorrow, and we intend to fill Dr. Pulliams' shoes with a successor who is just as passionate about serving our communities' needs.

During September and October, we conducted a number of community forums where people were invited to share their thoughts about our draft candidate profile and the search process and timeline. The final candidate profile highlights the challenges and opportunities PCC faces in the years ahead and outlines the professional and personal qualities we should seek in the next PCC President. This is an important decision for our community and we welcome your interest and participation.

At any point in the search process, if you have questions or comments, please contact Neal Naigus at 971-722-4122.

Denise Frisbee, Chair
Board of Directors
Portland Community College

News about the College President search

April 22, 2013

The Portland Community College Board of Directors announces the approval of Dr. Jeremy Brown’s contract and his confirmation as the College’s next president. He will begin his work with PCC on July 1, replacing Dr. Preston Pulliams who is retiring June 30 after serving as president since 2004.

April 1, 2013

The Portland Community College Board of Directors announced that it was united behind Dr. Jeremy Brown as its top candidate to serve as the college's next president.

The announcement was made at an evening Board special session, with the Board sharing that it will begin contract negotiations with Brown immediately. The Board anticipates the contract being finalized by mid-April. Read more about this announcement.

March 6, 2013

Join our College President finalist forums online if you can't attend a session in person. One forum for each finalist will be webcast live to ensure the public and college community can participate. See the schedule below for webcast sessions.

If you attend via a webcast or have follow up comments after leaving a forum, please use this form to send us your thoughts.

February 27, 2013

The College President Search Advisory Committee has narrowed the pool of semi-finalist candidates to three finalists: Dr. Tod Burnett, Dr. Jeremy Brown, and Dr. Richard Durán. Over the weeks of March 11 and March 18, the college will hold forums open to the public and college community to solicit feedback about each of the finalists, and PCC's Board of Directors will conduct interviews with each candidate. Please read the candidate profiles and attend the candidate forums:

Forums with Dr. Tod Burnett
  • Monday, March 11
    • SEC/ELC, Admin Bldg, Community Hall, 11am-12:15 noon
    • Sylvania, CC Conference Room A/B, 2-3:15pm (Forum webcast: no longer available)
    • Rock Creek, Event Center B/C, 4-5:15pm
  • Tuesday, March 12
    • Downtown Center, Rose Room, 9-10:15am
    • Cascade, MAHB, Room 104, 2:30-3:45pm
Forums with Dr. Jeremy Brown
  • Wednesday, March 13
    • Downtown Center, Rose Room, 11am-12:15pm
    • SEC/ELC, Admin Bldg, Community Hall, 2-3:15pm
    • Cascade, MAHB, Room 104, 3:45-5pm (Forum webcast: no longer available)
  • Thursday, March 14
    • Sylvania, CC Conference Room A/B, 9-10:15am
    • Rock Creek, Event Center A, 2:30-3:45pm
Forums with Dr. Richard Durán
  • Monday, March 18
    • Rock Creek, Event Center B, 11am-12:15pm (Forum webcast: no longer available)
    • Downtown Center, Rose Room, 2-3:15pm
    • Sylvania, CC Conference Room A/B, 3:45-5pm
  • Tuesday, March 19
    • Cascade, MAHB 104, 9-10:15am
    • SEC/ELC, Admin Bldg, Community Hall, 2:30-3:45pm

If you attended a forum and had additional comments you'd like to share with us, please use this form to send us your thoughts.

February 6, 2013

In late January the Search Advisory Committee met and recommended that 9 candidates be moved forward as semi-finalists. The Advisory Committee will interview the candidates on February 20, 21 and 22. After the completion of the interviews, the Advisory Committee will recommend finalists to the Board of Directors.

In March 2013, the finalists will visit PCC in a series of public forums. Watch this page for specific dates and times.

The timeline anticipates the Board announcing the new College President in late April or early May.

January 10, 2013

The position is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted. The Search Advisory Committee will review applications and recommend semi-finalists to the Board.

October 25, 2012

The position officially opens for prospective applicants. Applications will be collected until January 10, 2013.

October 18, 2012

The final candidate profile is approved by the Board.