POSITION: Since 2015, President, Portland Community College Sylvania Campus, a comprehensive community college campus in Portland (OR) serving more than 25,000 students per year. This 125-acre campus houses 14 buildings and programs such as Nursing, Pre-Engineering, Cybersecurity, Visual/Performing Arts and an award-winning MakerLab.
PREVIOUS: Prior to PCC, 18 years of administrative and full-time faculty experience, including: Vice Provost and Chief International Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane (WA); Dean of Social Sciences, Spokane Falls Community College; Full Professor, College of Social Work and Social Sciences, Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA); Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg/Gulfport, MS).
AFFILIATIONS: Member, AACC Structured Pathways Commission; Alumnus, AACC Future Leaders Institute; Participant, Presidents Academy Summer Institute; Member, Oregon Student Success Center Steering Committee; Accreditation Evaluator, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Member, LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education; Board member: Neighborhood House; Steering committee member, Portland Bureau of Transportation; Member, Basic Rights Oregon; Member, World Affairs Council of Oregon; Member, Council on Foreign Relations Higher Education Working Group; Participant, #RealCollege Presidents Working Group.
EDUCATION: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago; MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; Bachelor of Science, Ball State University. First-generation college graduate.
OTHER: Legislative testimony and presentations on topics such as guided pathways, transfer outcomes, equity/diversity in community colleges, and LGBT leadership development. Author/co-author of 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as student access to health care; mental health outcomes of family violence; variables predicting homophobia, and experiences of foster youth.
10+ years of full-time university teaching experience, including promotion to full professor.
Adept at using social media in community college leadership, including connecting with students/alumni and other stakeholders.
AWARDS: Heiskell/CIEE Internationalization Honorable Mention for Globalization Efforts, Spokane Family Violence Research Award, Jamaican Child Development Bureau Partner Award.