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Julie Huckestein named Chemeketa district president

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Julie Huckestein, Chemeketa presidentThe 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

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