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Presidential Profile

The Board of Trustees of Umpqua Community College invites applications and nominations for the position of President. The President is the Chief Executive Officer reporting to a seven-member elected Board of Trustees.

UCC is located in beautiful southern Oregon. The community college seeks a proven leader who can continue the College’s tradition of academic excellence, public service, cooperation with public and private agencies, and lead the college through challenging fiscal times. The successful candidate will administer the college with sound decision-making, strategic planning and futuristic direction within the college mission.

The next President of Umpqua Community College will provide strong leadership in order to address these challenges and opportunities:

  1. Taking a leadership role increasing external resources to fund critical college initiatives and to ensure student access and success.
  2. Enhancing and strengthening Umpqua Community College’s collaborative partnerships with internal and external stake holders.
  3. Building the College’s future through leadership and professional development opportunities (succession planning) across the organization overall.
  4. Strengthening the College’s support among the region’s key leaders, philanthropists, general community and alumni.
  5. Supporting the College’s comprehensive mission by balancing its functions and programs mix within current financial challenges, while positioning for future growth.
  6. Demonstrating the ability to effectively work with College’s elected Board of Trustees and the College’s Foundation Board.
  7. Furthering the development and implementation of the College’s student completion agenda, improving access and success for all students across a wide spectrum of socio-economic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  8. Implementing and communicating our college vision to both internal and external constituents.
  9. Demonstrating an ability to build and maintain trust and effective relationships with College faculty and staff through an internal collaborative governance system, while being an accessible, caring, and supportive leader.
  10. Leading an effective strategic planning process, setting priorities, and integrating planning and budgeting processes.
  11. Recognizing and developing the College’s role in providing a diverse and culturally competent environment for students and community, both as a campus and as a cultural hub for the county.
  12. Engage and collaborate with local employers and community partners to strengthen UCC’s role as a driver in local economic development.
  13. Demonstrate the ability to play a major role in fundraising activities such as a capitol campaign or a bond levy.
  14. Partnering with area high schools on dual credit programs, and with Oregon universities on degree program articulations to create seamless pathways to jobs and advanced degrees.
  15. Demonstrated commitment to community engagement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Must possess a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. A doctorate is preferred
  2. Must have at least five years of senior leadership experience
  3. Must be an effective communicator and understand the value of multiple modalities for communication
  4. Must be a strong, decisive, student-centered leader

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