I am pleased to be the newest Clatsop Community College President. I have spent my entire career teaching, learning and collaborating with students, faculty and staff from my days as a high school biology teacher to my new role here at CCC. Prior to coming to Clatsop County I served at Saint Charles Community College, first as Dean of Math, Science & Health and then as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. I started my career in education as a high school science teacher in Bloomington, Illinois where I taught Biology. While at BHS I sponsored the Science Club and worked as an instructor in an alternative high school that served students who were unsuccessful in the traditional high school setting. Following my love for learning and curiosity about the natural world, I enrolled in a Master’s Degree program at Arizona State University completing a M.S. in Zoology. I continued at Arizona State University conducting Ph.D. research in ecological genetics until I took a job as a biology faculty member at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona.
At Yavapai I taught Biology and Chemistry, working with some excellent colleagues and a true mentor, my Dean, Terrance Pratt an English instructor, poet and all around good guy who showed me what a difference a good leader could make. Following my belief that the best way to learn science is to do science, I created the Verde Valley Science Symposium. This symposium provided an excellent learning experience for his students, giving them the opportunity to present original research in an atmosphere similar to a professional scientific conference. These kind of learning experiences, no matter what the discipline, are important to developing the skills learners need to become critical thinkers who will become productive members of our community.
While at Yavapai, I was also active in efforts to involve the community with the college creating several presentations for local school districts and community groups. I engaged with the community by leading the effort to create the Verde Valley Nature Trail, a grant funded project that honored the beauty and culture of the high desert ecosystem of Central Arizona. I was also a pioneer in online instruction offering Environmental Biology as one of the first online courses in the district after demonstrating success with that course I went on to create online and hybrid versions for several other courses, including Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology.
During my career I have been involved in many college and statewide efforts aimed at improving student success, improving workforce readiness, or integrating technology into learning but still consider my primary job teaching students. As President, it is my honor to serve the staff and faculty, supporting their efforts to teach and learn with our students. I still love teaching and I will try to be in the classroom as often as I can.
Outside of my college life I love spending time with my family consuming whatever pop culture has to offer and exploring my new home state of Oregon. I love the outdoors; hiking, paddling or just walking with the dogs. When time permits, I love reading about history or escaping into science fiction and fantasy novels. Finally, despite the opinion of others around me, I am convinced that I’m hilarious. I look forward to meeting you when you visit our campus or when I am out and about in the community. CCC is a great place to work, to learn, and to grow and I am fortunate to be part of this great team.