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Chemeketa hires new executive dean

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Claire OliverosClaire Oliveros, PhD is the new executive dean of student development and learning resources at Chemeketa Community College. In that role, she will lead the departments that provide student support services like enrollment, counselling and financial aid. Vice President Jim Eustrom announced the hire, “Claire is a great match for our division, our college and community.” She begins August 1, 2015.

Oliveros has nearly 20 years of higher education and community college experience primarily at Portland Community College. She was most recently PCC’s director of TRIO Student Support Services. TRiO is a federally funded program offering educational opportunity for low-income, first generation, and disabled students. She has doctorate degree in education from Oregon State University with a specialization in community college leadership. Oliveros is looking forward to her next opportunity, “I am excited to become a part of Chemeketa because of its commitment to diversity, equity and student success.”

Oliveros is a TRIO graduate and the first in her family to earn a college degree. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Western Oregon University and earned a Master of Science degree in education, policy, and administrative studies from Portland State University.

During her tenure at PCC, Oliveros led college efforts to link critical theory and practice. She developed student and staff programs to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment using interactive forum theater and strategies for difficult dialogues.

“I am committed to creating programs and services that build community for students affected by institutional oppression in higher education,” she said.

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