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Presidential Profile

The Board of Education invites nominations and applications for the position of President/CEO of Chemeketa Community College (Chemeketa).

Chemeketa’s roots were established in 1955 when the local school district established Salem Technical Vocational School. The community college district was formed in September 1969 and began operation on July 1, 1970.

Chemeketa is a multi-campus community college that covers more than 2,600 square miles in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, including Marion, Polk, most of Yamhill, and part of Linn counties. The oldest and largest campus, Chemeketa Salem, provides a full college experience in Oregon’s capital city. The college is conveniently situated in the heart of Oregon’s agricultural and wine country, and is within an hour’s drive to the coast, mountains, Portland, and Eugene.

Chemeketa Yamhill Valley is another fully-accredited community college campus in McMinnville. The college maintains academic outreach centers in Polk County (Dallas) and Woodburn. Centers at three other locations provide specialized education and training services to employers and the community: Chemeketa Brooks - Regional Training Center serves the training needs of regional public safety professionals; Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry provides customized training for business, industry, and state agencies; and Chemeketa Eola is the home of the Northwest Wine Studies Center.

Chemeketa, a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), served over 27,000 students in 2017-18 (10,217 FTE) and employs 231 full-time faculty, approximately 450 part-time and adjunct faculty, 109 administrative, and 349 staff. The college is governed by a seven-member, locally-elected Board of Directors. As a public institution, most of the college’s operational support comes from local property taxes, state community college support funds, tuition, and fees. Additional funds are derived from grants and contracts. The total budget for 2018-19 is $297,897,000.

Chemeketa Key Facts

  • Chemeketa is a full-service community college, providing transfer, college preparation, and career and technical education.
  • Thousands of Chemeketa Scholars have attended Chemeketa since the program’s inception; scholars in 2017–2018 saved over $2.0 million in tuition.
  • Each year, thousands of high school students use the College Credit Now program; students in 2017–2018 saved $2.9 million in tuition and fees.
  • The Chemeketa Press publishes low-cost textbooks as part of the college’s textbook affordability initiative; the overall initiative saved students approximately $2.4 million in 2017–2018.
  • Clients of the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry have added hundreds of jobs through the small business management program.

The Meaning of Our Name

You can learn a lot about Chemeketa by understanding the meaning of our name. Chemeketa, pronounced cha-MEH-keh-tah, means "gathering place" in the local Native American language of the Kalapuya. We translate that as "place of peace." We interpret it to mean "you are welcome here."

Presidential Profile

Chemeketa Community College seeks a mission-focused leader who has a genuine passion for students and their success, who is highly visible and engaged throughout all communities served by the College, and who will make a long-term commitment to the region.

The President/CEO will-

  • Continue to focus on student-success to increase retention and completion rates for all students.
  • Support initiatives to increase enrollment.
  • Continue to promote a campus climate that is inclusive and values diversity, and continue to increase outreach efforts to further connect with marginalized populations.
  • Serve as a passionate advocate for Chemeketa and the state’s community colleges, develop and maintain legislative relationships, and increase funding.
  • Continue to foster existing relationships and build new relationships with business, industry, government, K-12, and Oregon’s community colleges and universities.
  • Support local business and industry by being responsive to occupational training needs for developing the workforce, and increase Career Technical Education/workforce training opportunities.
  • Continue to implement Guided Pathways to improve the student experience.
  • Address the continued need for developmental education to support students transitioning to college.
  • Embrace the expansion and utilization of technological innovations to improve student outcomes.
  • Conduct a needs assessment to determine the feasibility of a bond initiative.
  • Continue to pursue grants and implement current grants, including the recently awarded Hispanic Serving Institution Grant.  

The ideal President/CEO will have the following characteristics-

  • A commitment to putting students first and at the center of all decisions.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency in understanding and meeting the needs of students and employees with diverse abilities and diverse academic, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • An innovative, visionary leader who will collaborate to best serve the region’s students.
  • A deep commitment to shared governance, team-building, and collegiality with all employee groups.  
  • Experience, knowledge, and skills related to fiscal management, including the ability to acquire new resources and provide transparency in the budget development process.
  • An accessible and effective communicator who can successfully advocate for the college at the local, state, and national levels.
  • A highly visible community leader who finds the appropriate balance between internal and external activities.
  • Experience in a successful regional accreditation process.
  • Experience working with K-12 districts and dual enrollment programs.
  • Experience passing and implementing a bond initiative.
  • Experience working with a governing board.
  • Values philanthropy and has experience cultivating donors and working with a college foundation.
  • A lifelong learner who is engaged with their own professional development, path of learning, and exploration.
  • A decisive leader with a high level of integrity.


  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution required. Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution preferred.
  • Minimum five years of senior level vice president or equivalent administrative experience with increasing responsibility in higher education, including a minimum two years of community college experience.
  • Classroom teaching experience preferred.