POSITION -- Since July 1, 2013, President of Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), which serves approximately 30,000 students at its campus in Gresham, Ore., two outreach centers and several satellite locations. The college district serves urban, suburban and rural areas of east Multnomah and Clackamas Counties near Portland, Ore.
PREVIOUS -- Served as President, North Iowa Area Community College; Vice President for Learner Success, Madison (Area Technical) College; Vice President Student Development, Dean of Career Development, Coordinator Testing and Disability Services, and Faculty Counselor at Mt. Hood Community College. Director of Disability Services, Clackamas Community College.
AFFILIATIONS -- Serves on the Boards of Directors: Oregon Public Broadcasting; All Hands Raised; Multnomah County Workforce Investment Board; American College; and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Member of AACC Presidents’ Academy Executive Committee. Member Gresham Chamber of Commerce. Past member of Commission on Communication and Marketing (AACC). Past president of National Council on Student Development; Past president, Mason City, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce.
EDUCATION -- Ed.D., Community College Leadership, Oregon State University; M.S., Counseling, Portland State University; and B.A., Business Administration, Linfield College.
OTHER -- Senior Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Education 2005-08. Frequent presenter at AACC and ACCT national conferences on topics to include: leveraging technology in education, student success and retention strategies, enrollment management and financial health and sustainability. Past lead facilitator for NCSD Leadership Institute. Publications: “Concurrent Enrollment and Its Role in Education Reform in Iowa,” legislative white paper (March 2012). “Toward the Future Vitality of Student Development: Redefining the Legacy, 2004,” contributor, monograph (Fall 2006). “Selected Oregon Tenth Grade Student, Parent, and Teacher Perceptions of the Factors Influencing Readiness to Make Career Decisions,” Debra A. Derr, doctoral thesis, Oregon State University (1996). “Delayed Stress and the Forgotten Warrior: The Vietnam Veteran,” Debra A. Derr, Oregon Personnel and Guidance Journal (March 1982).