President for local campus may not be chosen by end of year

The next president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus may not be selected by the end of the year as originally planned.

But PCC President Jeremy Brown promises the public will have a chance to meet and respond to the finalists before the selection is made.

“Applicants are being evaluated, and a list of finalists will be presented to me. I’ll make the decision after the public has had a chance to weigh in,” said Brown.

Brown made the promise last week during a meeting with editors and reporters from Pamplin Media Group. He was chosen approximately six months ago to replace former PCC President Preston Pulliams, who retired. Pulliams appointed Birgitte Ryslinge as interim Rock Creek president before he left. She has been the dean of instruction for the campus.

In addition to following the Rock Creek president selection process, Brown said he was aware of concerns that new residential development in the adjacent North Bethany area will increase traffic congestion on roads leading to and from the campus. Brown said he has told campus officials to continue working with Washington County to ensure access to the campus.

And Brown praised the Future Connect program on the campus that recruits and works with students who are the first members of the families to go to college. Approximately 100 students from Hillsboro and Beaverton are currently involved in the program, Brown said.

Although Brown was only hired in April, he has already visited all of PCC’s nine campuses and centers. In addition to the Rock Creek campus, Washington County residents are served by the Hillsboro Center and Willow Creek Center in Hillsboro. Both are located adjacent to the westside MAX light-rail line.

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