Chemeketa Community College has assigned Dr. Patrick Lanning to be campus president of its new Yamhill Valley campus in McMinnville. Chemeketa district president Cheryl Roberts promoted Lanning who has served as Chemeketa’s vice president and chief academic officer for the last 18 months. Roberts will remain president of the Chemeketa Community College district.
Chemeketa Yamhill Valley received in September accreditation as a campus from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. The commission requires that a campus with comprehensive college programs and services designate an organizational structure for that location.
Roberts says she carefully evaluated the opportunity, “We have been on this path since 2005. Now that the Yamhill Valley campus is a reality, we have discussed implementing this organizational structure with our Board of Education and the civic and business leaders of Yamhill Valley. Those conversations convinced me that a campus president would best meet the needs of Yamhill Valley and that Dr. Patrick Lanning was the right person for the job.”
Lanning has supervised Yamhill Valley operations since May, and said he is looking forward to expanding his role, “I believe there are partnership opportunities in Yamhill Valley that a local campus president can best leverage, and I Iook forward to working with the community to assure we deliver.”
Chemeketa managers John Plett, dean, and Holly Nelson, associate dean, will continue to lead daily operations on the Yamhill Valley campus.
Chemeketa’s new structure is consistent with the practice in Oregon’s community college system. Chemeketa is one of two community colleges with a multi-campus district in Oregon. The other is Portland Community College which has four campus presidents who report to a district president.