Board of Education Members
Seven volunteers are elected to the Chemeketa Board of Education from zones in our district to govern the college.
Board Member Functions
Chemeketa Board of Education members serve the college and our community in a number of ways.
- Approve the college vision and mission statements
- Hire and supervise the college president
- Approve policies
- Approve major expenditures
- Approve the annual budget in cooperation with the college Budget Committee
- Represent the college at hundreds of events each year
Chemeketa Community College Board of Education Diversity Statement
Board of Education Diversity Statement
Chemeketa Board of Education Members
Front Row/Sitting (L-R): Ed Dodson, Ron Pittman, Ken Hector
Back Row/Standing (L-R): Jackie Franke, Neva Hutchinson, Betsy Earls, Diane Watson, Betsy Earls
Chemeketa District Zones
Zone One: Ed Dodson
Central & South Salem
Ed Dodson was first elected to the Chemeketa Board of Education in 1999. Ed brings the Board more than forty years of educational experience as a teacher, counselor and administrator in the Salem–Keizer Public School District.
He has also been active in other educational organizations, including serving on the MidWillamette Educational Consortium Executive Council from 2007-2010 and the Willamette Education Service District Education Board from 2005-2007.
Zone Two: Ron Pittman
Ron Pittman graduated from Oregon State University and worked in local farming and agribusiness services for over 40 years.
In addition to his service on the Chemeketa Board of Education, Ron has been a member of local school boards and educational service district boards.
Zone Three: Neva Hutchinson
North Salem & Keizer
Neva Hutchinson was elected to the Chemeketa Board of Education in 2015 after serving several terms on the college Budget Committee. Prior to her service to Chemeketa, Neva has been a member of the Salem-Keizer Public School District Board.
Zone Four: Ken Hector
South & East Marion County, Linn County
Ken Hector brings extensive private and public sector experience to the Chemeketa Board of Education.
Ken’s business credentials include operating food and beverage establishments, management positions with insurance programs and directing community outreach and governmental affairs for Silverton Health.
His public sector service includes Silverton City Council, WESD Board and the SEDCOR Board.
Zone Five: Jackie Franke
Jackie Franke’s career as a non-profit consultant gives her a breadth of experience to contribute to the Chemeketa Board of Education.
Zone Six: Diane Watson
Keizer, Woodburn & N. Marion County
Diane Watson’s career as a community college administrator provides her with a deep understanding of the policy issues facing Chemeketa. Diane has served on numerous higher education committees and task forces, and she has an educational doctorate (ED.D) from the University of Northern Colorado.
Zone Seven: Betsy Earls
West Salem & Polk County
Betsy Earls is the Manager of Oregon Public Affairs for Wyerhaeuser Company. Betsy works with legislation affecting timber and land use. She is a graduate of Willamette University Law School and has practiced law since 2002.