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Oregon Coast Community College selects new president

Birgitte Ryslinge New President Oregon Coast Community College

Birgitte Ryslinge
New President
Oregon Coast Community College

Following a national search, the Oregon Coast Community College Board of Education has selected Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge as OCCC’s fifth president in the college’s 27 year history from four finalists.

Dr. Ryslinge currently serves as Campus President for Portland Community College’s (PCC) Sylvania Campus. She has earned five degrees: a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University from which she also holds a Master of Arts in the same discipline; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Pacific, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific. In addition to working as Campus President, Dr. Ryslinge has served PCC as a Dean of Instruction, and as Dean of Academic Services at Chabot-Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She has taught Business Management, Communications, Marketing, and Accounting at Chabot-Las Positas, and Management, Organizational Behavior and Marketing at University of the Pacific.

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“The members of the board and I are very pleased Dr. Ryslinge has agreed to lead Oregon Coast Community College,” said Board of Education chair Chris Chandler. “Dr. Ryslinge has served on PCC’s leadership team for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the agency responsible for ensuring accredited institutions meet and keep to rigorous standards. As Oregon Coast is the last community college in Oregon not to have stand-alone accreditation, we need an executive with direct experience to lead us through the anticipated seven-year process toward accreditation. Tillamook Bay and Columbia Gorge community colleges were very recently accredited, and we are confident Oregon Coast will successfully earn this designation as well. In the meantime, Portland Community College will be our accreditation partner, as Clatsop and Chemetketa community colleges have done for OCCC in the past. I would also like to thank our interim president, Bruce Koike, for his fine work serving OCCC during some difficult times, particularly in especially tough years financially. We wish Bruce the very best in his future endeavors.”

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Dr. Ryslinge is a native of Denmark who immigrated to the United States with her family when she was in elementary school. She speaks Spanish and Danish, and she and her husband have three adult children who all began their post-secondary studies at a community college.

“I am honored and thankful that the Board of Education has chosen me to be the next President of Oregon Coast Community College,” she said. “I am highly impressed with the faculty, staff and students of the college and also the extent of support for the college in this community. I look forward to engaging with all of these stakeholders in Lincoln County and leading the College in its mission of transforming lives.”

Dr. Ryslinge is expected to begin her duties with OCCC on July 1.

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