College board selects four presidential candidates

March 2, 2018

Four candidates from across the continental United States are under consideration as the next president of Columbia Gorge Community College. All four will be meeting college constituents during upcoming visits to Hood River and The Dalles.

Seventeen members of a search committee representing students, staff, faculty, college board and the public reviewed 44 applications for the presidency. The committee first narrowed that field to 10 semi-finalists for remote interviews, then recommended four finalists to the college board. The board unanimously approved the committee’s recommendation March 1.

People will have opportunity to meet the candidates in open forums later this month. The candidates and forum dates are:

Leanne Frost, Ed.D., director of the General Studies Division at Great Falls College,  Montana State University, Great Falls, Mont. She received her doctorate of education in adult and higher education from MSU, Bozeman, Mont. Public forums with Dr. Frost are March 8 on The Dalles Campus at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and March 9 on the Hood River Campus at 8:30 a.m.

Sara Thompson Tweedy, D.M., vice president of Student Access, Involvement and Success at the State University of New York (SUNY) Westchester, Valhalla, NY. She received her doctorate of management in community college policy and administration from the University of Maryland. Public forums with Dr. Tweedy are March 12 on The Dalles Campus at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and March 13 on the Hood River Campus at 8:30 a.m.

Marta Yera Cronin, Ed.D., vice president of academic affairs at Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, Fla. She received her doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from the Sarasota  University, Fla. Public forums with Dr. Yera are March 15 on The Dalles Campus at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and March 16 on the Hood River Campus at 8:30 a.m.

Paul Jarrell, Ph.D., assistant superintendent and executive vice president of Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, Calif. He received his doctorate of philosophy in biology from the University of Oregon. Public forums with Dr. Jarrell are March 19 on The Dalles Campus at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and March 20 on the Hood River Campus at 8:30 a.m.

“The search committee did an immense amount of work to get us to this stage and we are deeply appreciative,” said Dr. Lee Fairchild, college board vice chair, who led the search effort. Gold Hill Associates, a national search firm directed by Dr. Preston Pulliams, former president of Portland Community College, helped identify and recruit candidates.

The successful candidate will become the third president of CGCC since the institution was established in 1977. With campuses in Hood River and The Dalles, CGCC serves seven counties in two states bordering the Columbia River Gorge.