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PCC board names Kelley interim president

Portland Community College’s Board of Directors last week appointed Sylvia Kelley as the college’s interim president while a national search is conducted for PCC’s next permanent president.

Kelley has been serving as PCC’s acting president since the departure of Jeremy Brown, former president of the college, in May. At that time Brown and PCC’s Board mutually agreed to a separation in service.

“Sylvia has agilely stepped into the role of acting president for PCC and demonstrated a keen sense of leadership and grace during this transition period,” said PCC board chairwoman Deanna Palm.

“Her extensive leadership experience in community colleges and universities, her ability to steer the college’s direction, support the needs of staff and faculty, and assist in the national search of PCC’s next president are crucial to the college’s ongoing success,” she added. Sylvia Kelley

Prior to joining PCC in 2014 as executive vice president, Kelley served in key leadership roles at four-year institutions: Southern Oregon University and Texas A&M University — Commerce.

Kelley also worked with several community colleges in Texas and California in a variety of leadership roles before joining Texas A&M.

Going forward, the board of directors will outline an inclusive process as it launches a national search for a new president.