OCCC Board Selects Finalists for President
The Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education has selected four finalists to be interviewed and introduced to the faculty, staff and community. The Board conducted a national search for candidates.
The finalists are:
* Bruce Koike, the Interim President of Oregon Coast Community College and the previous Director of the college’s Aquarium Science Program;
* Robert Mohrbacher, the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. Prior to his current position he was the Interim Vice President of Learning and Student Success and Division Chair of Business and Humanities at Pierce Community College in Puyallup, Washington;
* Birgitte Ryslinge, the Interim President of the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College and also the Chief Academic Officer at Rock Creek. Prior to her current position she was the Dean of Academic Services at Chabot Las Positas Community College District in California; and
* David Smith, the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Prior to that he was the Chief Academic Officer at Lamar Community College in Colorado.
Interview dates and forum locations for the finalists will be:
March 13, for Mohrbacher in the Community Room (Room 140) at the Central County Campus, 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366;
March 17, for Smith in the Community Room (Room 140) at the Central County Campus, 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366;
March 19, for Koike in the Room 151 at the Central County Campus, 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366;
and March 20, for Ryslinge in the Community Room (Room 140) at the Central County Campus, 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366.
The Board of Education will interview each candidate and each candidate will be introduced at two open Forums for college faculty and staff and the community. The forum for faculty and staff will be held at 3:00 pm on the day of their interview and the open forum for the community will be held at 5:00 pm on the same day. Students are also welcome. Candidates will introduce themselves and provide opportunities for questions. Those attending the forums will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the board.
The Board of Education is scheduled to make a final selection at their April scheduled board meeting. The new President will begin July 1.