CCC president finalists announced

Dec 29, 2017, 14:15 PM by CCC Staff

OREGON CITY - During its Dec. 13 regular meeting, the Clackamas Community College Board of Education announced the finalists for the position of the next college president, which will be vacated this spring when Dr. Joanne Truesdell retires.

In October, the CCC Board of Education approved the members of an Expanded Search Advisory Committee, whose charge was to review president applications, conduct initial interviews and make a recommendation of finalists to the Board of Education.

The finalists are:

Tim Cook - Clark College vice president of instruction, Washington

Cook has been at Clark College since 1997 and has served in many positions, including counseling faculty, division chair and acting dean of student success and retention. He has an education doctorate in higher education administration, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University.

Chris Haines - Phoenix College interim president, Arizona

At Phoenix College, Haines has held positions as interim vice president and dean of student affairs. Prior to joining Phoenix College, she served as interim associate dean of enrollment services at South Mountain Community College, Ariz. Haines has a master's degree in educational counseling from Northern Arizona University and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership/higher education at Northern Arizona University.

Jessica Howard - Portland Community College Southeast Campus president, Oregon

Howard has been PCC's Southeast Campus president since 2012. Prior to this role, she served as vice president of academic affairs at San Antonio College. Howard holds a doctorate in performance studies from New York University. Prior to her administrative experience, she taught music and humanities at the high school, community college and university levels.

J Michael Thomson - Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus president, Ohio

Thomson came to Cuyahoga Community College from Northern Kentucky University in 2005 when he was hired as the dean of academic affairs at its Western Campus. At Northern Kentucky, he served as political science faculty and department chair. He earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Kentucky.

The finalists will be invited to Clackamas Community College at the end of January to tour the CCC campuses, to meet students, staff and faculty, and to participate in public forums. The community will be invited and encouraged to participate in select forums.

For more information on the president search process, visit If you have questions regarding the search, contact Amanda Coffey at

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