The Chemeketa Board of Education voted May 21 to appoint Julie Huckestein interim president of the community college district. In announcing her appointment, the Board stated that leadership in the accreditation renewal process and college budget are clear priorities for next year. Huckestein will assume her new role July 1 after current president Cheryl Roberts departs to become president of Shoreline Community College in Seattle.
Huckestein is a 13-year veteran of the college who currently serves as vice president for college support services and chief financial officer.
“We have complete confidence in Julie to lead Chemeketa through this transition. The college is in good hands,” said Chemeketa board chairperson, Ed Dodson.
Huckestein said her interim presidency will build on Chemeketa’s strengths. “We have a clear priority on teaching and learning, a stable financial situation and dedicated members of our Board of Education, faculty and staff,” she said.
Huckestein will not be a candidate for the permanent position. The search for Chemeketa’s next district president will begin with college and community forums in the fall to gather input on the attributes to seek in a successful candidate. Chemeketa intends to open the application process before winter. A search committee comprised of board members, faculty, staff, students and community representatives is expected to begin screening candidates in early 2015. The Board will interview finalists and hopes to announce Chemeketa’s next district president in spring of 2015.