Presidential Search

Phase 1: UCC employees, students, and the community participated in a survey to help the hiring committee create a presidential profile. The anonymous survey closed on Friday, October 2.

Phase 2: The Board of Education Ad-Hoc Committee is busy developing the presidential profile for UCC’s next leader.

UCC is excited to build the vision for the next president using the information gathered from the survey. The Board of Education would like to thank everyone who participated in this short anonymous questionnaire.

As a recap, President Debra Thatcher announced that she plans to retire from Umpqua Community College, effective June 30, 2021. A nationwide search will be conducted to find Umpqua’s next great leader, with a goal of having the new president start on July 1, 2021.

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Presidential Profile

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August 20, 2020

Board develops key characteristics and attributes of next President to inform presidential profile at Board Retreat

September 14, 2020

Board Ad-Hoc Committee surveys members of the college’s internal and external communities to gain input on the institution and leadership needs

UCC president search website goes live and is updated throughout

October 2, 2020

Survey closes

October 14, 2020

Board Ad-Hoc Committee develops the presidential search profile using the information gathered from the survey and Board Retreat

Board reviews and approves profile in a public meeting

October 26, 2020

Online application for president opens

October 2020

Advertisements placed in LinkedIn, The Chronicle of Higher-Ed, others

November 2020

Board Ad-Hoc Search Committee develops qualifications, expectations, timeline of activities for Search Advisory Committee

November 2020

Board Ad-Hoc Committee finalizes recommended Search Advisory Committee members

Board approves Search Advisory Committee in a public meeting

December 2020

Search Advisory Committee holds first meeting

January 4, 2021

Closing date for President applications

** Confidential Phase **

January 2021

Search Advisory Committee recommends semi-finalists to the Board, maintaining confidentially

January 2021

Board finalizes list of semi-finalists in Executive Session to maintain confidentiality

February 2021

Board interviews semi-finalists virtually maintaining confidentially

** Public Phase **

February 2021

Board announces finalists in a public meeting

March 2021

On-campus interviews of finalists by the Board and campus community

Board Ad-Hoc Committee presents in-depth reference check(s) to the Board in Executive Session

Board chooses new President in a special meeting

Negotiations begin with selected candidate

New President announced at a board meeting

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