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Following campus tragedy, Umpqua Community College in Oregon extends timeline for hiring new president to summer 2016

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Umpqua Community College interim president Rita Cavin at press conference

Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees has determined the need to extend its time-frame for the hiring of a new president. Originally, the Board of Trustees had hoped to have a permanent President by January or February 2016.

That timeline has been pushed out to late spring or early summer. Citing the October 1 tragedy on campus, and the desire to take time for healing and recovery, the Board turned to Gold Hill Associates, their consultant for the presidential search, for assistance.

“Dr. Rita Cavin has been amazing and we’d love to keep her here” says Vanessa Becker, Board Chair, but “her commitment was until January and she is ready to give a warm transfer to another Interim.”

Gold Hill offered to help identify a second interim that could meet the unique needs of the campus at this time. Some of those needs include continuing the recovery efforts while also leading the day-to-day operations of the College.

Dr. Rita Cavin, current Interim President has graciously committed to transition with whoever is selected through the month of January. Earlier this month the Board appointed the presidential search selection committee. Their first meeting will be scheduled for early December.

Anyone interested in becoming the next Interim President should contact Dr. Preston Pulliams, Gold Hill Associates, by calling 503-704-3425. The UCC Board of Trustees will review recommended applicants in November, then negotiate a contract for work to begin in January.

It is anticipated that a permanent president for the College will begin summer 2016.
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