The Chemeketa Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Julie Huckestein president of the college district during its Feb. 18 meeting. Huckestein has served as interim president since June of 2014.
“I would do this job with or without interim in the title,” said Huckestein. “I care so much about the college but I can only do part of the work here. Our staff does so much more than I do. I’m looking forward to us accomplishing exciting things together.”
Huckestein has worked at Chemeketa since 2001. She served as vice president and chief financial officer before being appointed interim president. She holds a master’s degree in education policy and administration from Portland State University, a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University and an associate degree in business administration from Linn-Benton Community College.
Chemeketa concluded a nationwide search February 10 when the board voted in a special public meeting to accept the recommendation of its Presidential Search Advisory Committee that none of the 21 applicants move forward for further consideration.
“We had a strong pool of qualified candidates,” said Dodson, who chaired the search advisory committee. “It was the consensus of the committee that no one was a complete fit for our needs at this time.”
The 15 members of Chemeketa’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee included representatives from the community, college board members, employees and students –
- Christy Perry, Superintendent, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
- Alex Sanchez, Emeritus Professor, Oregon State University Community College Leadership Program
- Kevin Angulo, student
- Maricruz Reyes, student
- Elias Villegas, dean
- Tim Rogers, associate chief operations officer
- Yolanda Martinez, faculty
- Patricia Antoine, faculty
- Charles Sekafetz, faculty
- Terry Rohse, instructional coordinator
- Kathy Saunders, department assistant
- Linda Kaufmann, student services specialist
- Ron Pittman, board member
- Ed Dodson, board member
- Diane Watson, board member
The talent of Chemeketa’s art and visual communications faculty will be on display for the next month in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery on the Salem campus.
“Practice What You Teach: Chemeketa Faculty Art Show 2015” will be on display in the gallery starting February 18 through March 13.
An artist’s reception will be held at the gallery on the 18th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The gallery, on the ground floor of Building 3, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Chemeketa Community College Board of Education voted in a special public meeting today to accept the recommendation of its Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The recommendation of this committee was that none of the applicants for the position who had been interviewed by the committee move forward to a second round of interviews. By accepting this recommendation, the board has ended the current search for a new president.
The board will discuss next steps during its regular February 18 board meeting.
“We had a strong pool of qualified candidates,” said Ed Dodson who chaired the search advisory committee. “It was the consensus of the committee that no one was a complete fit for our needs at this time.” Dodson also serves as chair of the Chemeketa Board of Education.
The search advisory committee screened twenty-one applications for the position. The advisory committee then interviewed five candidates from the applicant pool.
“The committee’s work reflected exactly the kind of collaboration that makes Chemeketa a great community resource and I am grateful for their willingness to assist the college.” said Dodson.
Members of Chemeketa’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee included representatives from the community, college board members, employees and students.
Committee member Christy Perry said she appreciated the opportunity to participate in the process.
“Our partnership with Chemeketa is really important, and I respect both the process and the determination that the right fit for Chemeketa was not evident in this pool of applicants.”
New and returning students can now submit their application for Chemeketa scholarships. More than $400,000 in scholarship dollars will be awarded to students for the 2015-16 school year.
To complete your scholarship application visit My Chemeketa and follow these steps. Application deadline is February 1-March 31, 2015.
Types of scholarships available-
- Degree- or program-specific
- Community service and school involvement
- Many, many more
More information is available on the Chemeketa Foundation’s web page or by calling 503.365.4747.