Chemeketa Courier

Roberts finalist for Bellevue President


Chemeketa president Cheryl Roberts has announced that she has been named as one of the finalists for the presidency of Bellevue College in Washington State. Roberts said in an email to Chemeketa staff: “The notion of leaving Chemeketa is difficult because of the great relationships I’ve developed and the tremendous successes we’ve achieved together over the past four years; however, as many of you may know, I have strong family ties in the Seattle
area, which has had an impact on my decision making.”
Andrew Bone, the college’s executive dean, said, “Her mother lives in Seattle, and I know it’s a struggle to have an aging parent live a distance away. Cheryl spends a fair amount of time with her mom. So it makes a lot of sense that she would want to be closer geographically to her mother.”
Bone also said that Roberts would be a competitive candidate for the Bellevue Presidency, citing her success in putting together the $92 million bond measure that was passed in 2008, as well as the Chemeketa Scholars program.
Roberts also has the experience of running a college for the past five years. According to its presidential search website, Bellevue College is in the middle of the first round of interviews with potential candidates. There
is no timetable set for when the decision will be announced. Roberts said that she would continue to keep Chemeketa staff in the loop with new developments as they occur.
Bellevue College is a public college serving 38,000 students, primarily in King County. It is the third-largest institution of higher learning in the state.
Bellevue College offers many 2-year degrees as well as two 4-year bachelor’s degrees. The college’s athletic program also belongs to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, the same conference in which Chemeketa plays.