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Presidential Search Finalists

Learn more about the finalists in Chemeketa Community College's Presidential Search.

The Chemeketa Board of Education has announced five finalists to become the new president of Chemeketa Community College.

An advisory committee made up of students, faculty, staff, members of the community and board members reviewed applications and then conducted confidential interviews with an initial set of candidates.  The committee recommended the names of five candidates for further consideration by the board members.  The committee worked diligently and thoughtfully through the the first phase of the screening and interviewing process to identify this list of finalists.

The five finalists will be on campus the week of February 25 for further interviews and for open forums with students, staff, faculty and the community. This final phase of the selection process is designed to encourage as many opportunities as possible for students, staff, faculty, and others to meet the finalists and share their opinions about how how each one would fit at Chemeketa and the community.
 
The finalists are, in alphabetical order:
 
Jessica Howard, Ph.D., is Campus President, Southeast Campus, Portland Community College in Portland, OR. She previously served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Antonio College in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Howard earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Performance Studies at New York University in New York, NY; a Master and Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University in Houston, TX; and an Associate of Arts from San Antonio College in San Antonio, TX.
 
Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., is Interim Vice President of Instruction at Clovis Community College in Clovis, CA. She previously served as Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning at San Mateo County Community College District in San Mateo, CA. Dr. Messina earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at The University of California, Davis in Davis, CA; and a Master of Arts in Spanish and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento in Sacramento, CA.
 
Tod Treat, Ph.D., is Interim Vice President for Instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, WA. He previously served as the Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Treat earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, IL; and a Master of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from The University of Colorado at Boulder in Boulder, CO.
 
Julie White, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President of Student Engagement and Learning Support at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. She previously served as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. Dr. White earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at The University of Rochester in Rochester, NY; a Master of Education in Counseling from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH; and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH.
 
Robert Wynegar, Ed.D., is President of the College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC. He previously served as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Western Nevada College in Carson City, NV. Dr. Wynegar earned a Doctor of Education at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA; a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN; and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.
  • Finalist Open Forums

    Each presidential finalist will participate in an open forums with specific forums designated for students, faculty and the community.

    Half-sheet feedback forms will be provided at the forums. In addition, comments addressing the candidate's strengths and weaknesses may also be emailed to the Board of Education.

    Please view the schedule below for all of the finalists.

    Monday, Feb. 25- Robert Wynegar, Ed.D.

    • Student Forum- 1-2 pm, Building 2 Student Center
    • Employee Forum- 2-3 pm, Building 8, Room 201
    • Community Forum- 4-5 pm, Building 2, Room 170

    Tuesday, Feb. 26- Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D.

    • Student Forum- 1-2 pm, Building 2 Student Center
    • Employee Forum- 2-3 pm, Building 8, Room 201
    • Community Forum- 4-5 pm, Building 2, Room 170

    Wednesday, Feb. 27- Tod Treat, Ph.D.

    • Student Forum- 1-2 pm, Building 2 Student Center
    • Employee Forum- 2-3 pm, Building 8, Room 201
    • Community Forum- 4-5 pm, Building 2, Room 170

    Thursday, Feb. 28- Julie White, Ph.D.

    • Student Forum- 1-2 pm, Building 2 Student Center
    • Employee Forum- 2-3 pm, Building 8, Room 201
    • Community Forum- 4-5 pm, Building 2, Room 170

    Friday, Mar. 1- Jessica Howard, Ph.D.

    • Student Forum- 1-2 pm, Building 2 Student Center
    • Employee Forum- 2-3 pm, Building 8, Room 201
    • Community Forum- 4-5 pm, Building 2, Room 170