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PCC to choose new president from three finalists

Finalists are Melinda Nish, Mark Mitsui and Rassoul Dastmozd

Portland Community College announced three finalists for its top spot Monday, May 16. COURTESY PHOTO - Melinda Nish

The presidency has been temporarily filled by PCC’s Executive Vice President Sylvia Kelley since the vote to remove Jeremy Brown a year ago.

But the college’s board of directors and the Foundation board hope to fill the position soon with one of these finalists:

Melinda Nish is currently the superintendent/president of Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California. According to Portland Community College, Nish can claim several feathers in her cap, from realignment of a $389 million construction plan to collaboration with three Mexican higher education institutions.

According to the Santa Barbara City College news site The Channels, Nish was also listed as a finalist in its president search. The Channels The Channels several embarrassing racial and accreditation controversies that have plagued Southwestern Community College under her leadership.COURTESY PHOTO - Mark Matsui

Mark Mitsui works at the U.S. Department of Education as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community College. He has been working there since leaving the presidency of the North Seattle College. COURTESY PHOTO - Rassoul Dastmozd

Rassoul Dastmozd is president/CEO of Saint Paul College in Minnesota. He is familiar with the Pacific Northwest having been Vancouver’s Clark College’s vice president of instruction and workforce education for five years in the mid-2000s.

PCC is hosting candidate forums for students, faculty and the public to meet the finalists on May 23. There are several opportunities to meet each candidate; a list is available on PCC's website.