Debra Thatcher named president of Umpqua Community College in Oregon

Umpqua Community College May 4, 2016

Debra Thatcher selected to lead Umpqua Community College

The Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Debra Thatcher as the next president of the College. She succeeds Dr. Joseph Olson, who retired in June, along with Dr. Rita Cavin and Dr. Walter Nolte, who served as interim presidents after Dr. Olson’s retirement.

Dr Debra ThatcherFollowing three days of interviews split between the finalists, the Board met in an open public session at noon today and decided on Dr. Thatcher. She was one of two finalists from an original applicant pool of 47, which was narrowed by a 19-member screening community. The screening group consisted of community members, students, faculty, staff, foundation board members and College board members.

“The board is very excited to move on to the next step with our choice for our permanent president. We are thankful for the community’s input and the extensive process we went through to choose Dr. Thatcher to be our next UCC president.” Dr. Thatcher currently serves as a research fellow at State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill. Prior to this, she was the acting president of SUNY Cobleskill for two years, and provost/vice president of academic affairs and chief operating officer at SUNY for two additional years. Dr. Thatcher holds a doctorate in elementary/early childhood education from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Thatcher and her husband, who is an artist and avid fisherman, are very excited about moving to Oregon.

The Board will be negotiating a start time with Dr. Thatcher, and has offered her a $173,000 salary.
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