by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Jeremy Brown, left, was hired April 18 as the new Portland Community College president. He replaces Preston Pulliams, right, who will retire this year after serving as PCC president since 2004.Jeremy Brown was hired last week as Portland Community College’s new president.

PCC board members confirmed Brown’s appointment during their April 18 meeting. He will begin his work on July 1, replacing Preston Pulliams, who is retiring June 30 after serving as president since 2004.

“The board of directors is united in its choice of Dr. Brown as the strongest contender to build on the success PCC has achieved under Dr. Pulliams’ leadership and to lead the college to even greater success through the challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Denise Frisbee, PCC Board chairwoman. “Dr. Brown is a collaborative leader skilled at creating strong internal and external relationships; a polished communicator who is insightful and inclusive; a quick learner talented at navigating new environments with new players; and an innovator who will look for opportunities to strengthen PCC, even when budgets are tight.

“These are the skills and talents that PCC’s board of directors wants and needs in its next president.”

A native of Manchester, England, Brown has served as president of Dowling College on Long Island and of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, part of the state’s public university system. Prior to these roles, Brown was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York in Canton from 2003 to 2007.

“I am thrilled to be coming to Portland to lead PCC at this time and, thanks to the excellent work of Dr. Pulliams, I am fortunate to take the helm of an institution that has an exceedingly strong foundation,” said Brown.

“I know, at my core, the value of what higher education can do for students. And as a former faculty member, I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges faculty face, what students need, the questions they have, and what motivates them to learn. I am beyond excited to apply my experience to PCC and to learn from the exceptionally dedicated faculty and staff at PCC as I become acquainted with the college.”

Brown, his wife Rebeca and 4-year-old son Andrew will move to Portland this summer.

“Oregon is on the cusp of a paradigm shift, with pending education reform requiring even further collaboration among community colleges and universities,” said Frisbee. “Dr. Brown’s extensive administrative and instructional experience across all higher education sectors will be an asset to PCC as we work to improve coordination across institutions and increase student success in order to meet the state’s aggressive higher education goals.”

PCC is Oregon’s largest post-secondary institution and 19th largest in the nation, serving approximately 94,634 full- and part-time students. PCC has three campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland area.

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