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Chairsell picked as PCC's new VP of Academic Affairs
Photos and Story by James Hill
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Community College needed a person with excellent experience and knowledge to fill its vacant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs position. That person is Christine Chairsell. Chairsell is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Nevada System of Higher Education in Las Vegas and is the Nevada State Director of Community Colleges. Chairsell will start in her new role at PCC in January and says she is excited to join the largest post-secondary institution in the state of Oregon. "I’m so delighted to make Portland Community College my home," Chairsell said. "In my opinion, it is one of the most progressive comprehensive community colleges in the nation." Chairsell earned a doctorate in educational leadership (2001) as well as master’s (1985) and bachelor’s degrees (1983) from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In her role with the Nevada System of Higher Education she is responsible for addressing academic, workforce development, student services and research issues associated with higher education in Nevada. As Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at PCC, Dr. Chairsell will serve as the chief academic and chief student affairs officer for the college. Chairsell will report directly to District President Preston Pulliams and oversee curriculum, enrollment services, institutional research, distance learning, libraries, students with disabilities, instructional media services and service-learning. "I am impressed with the level of commitment demonstrated by faculty, staff, and administrators to serve our students and citizens and I am honored to be part of such a dynamic team," added Chairsell about PCC. "Plus, I’m excited about President Pulliams’ vision and his energy to make things happen."