searching for lbcc's next president
searching for lbcc's next president

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This has been a confidential search process. The committee has reviewed application materials and is in the deliberation phase of the process. Please check the Progress Reports for up to date information.

Contact Info

Presidential Search

David Armstrong
ACCT Search Consultant
954.261.2665
jdavidarmstrongjr@gmail.com

Julie Golder, J.D.
VP of Search Services, ACCT
202.775.4477 (office)
202.384.5816 (mobile)
jgolder@acct.org

Scott Rolen
Director, HR Development and Support
541-917-4425
rolens@linnbenton.edu

Presidential Search

The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Avery will serve as the college's next president.

 

lisa averyThe Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search involving input and feedback from community partners throughout Linn and Benton Counties, Dr. Lisa Avery has been selected to serve as the college’s next president. The Board voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Dr. Avery as its seventh president in LBCC’s 54-year history during a special Board meeting held on March 3rd.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lisa Avery to LBCC as our next president," said Jim Merryman, Board of Education Chair. "She brings an incredible track record of leadership and experience to this role, and is the right leader to continue building LBCC's mission of student success and community and economic vitality. We look forward to a seamless transition and I am very proud to be a part of this historic moment for our community college."

Dr. Avery currently serves as Campus President of Sylvania Campus at Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon, a position she has held since 2015. In her role she is responsible for leading PCC’s largest and oldest campus, which is home to nearly 27,000 students and approximately 1,300 employees.

"I am deeply honored to become part of the Linn-Benton Community College family," said Dr. Avery. "I am proud to help carry on many great LBCC traditions, innovations and student success gains, while working with the Board, faculty and staff to envision the road ahead in order to continue serving the communities across Linn and Benton counties.”

Dr. Avery will begin her new position on July 1st , and replaces Dr. Greg Hamann who has served as LBCC president for the past 10 years and is now retiring in June.

“I am pleased to work with President Hamann and Vice President Buchele in the transition process to maintain the positive momentum their teams have built,” Dr. Avery added. “And, I am grateful to my PCC colleagues who have been an important foundation in building my Oregon experience."

About Dr. Lisa Avery

In her role overseeing PCC’s Sylvania Campus, Dr. Avery has been an advocate for equitable student success, increased student access, sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as a steward of many flagship academic programs including Nursing, Engineering, Business, Dental Hygiene, and Automotive Technology, as well as a new Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity. Sylvania’s budget is approximately $94 million in state funding with additional bond support; the campus includes 14 buildings, including a cutting-edge MakerSpace, and approximately 1,000,000 square feet of facilities on a 122-acre campus.

A proponent of strategic partnerships, Dr. Avery currently serves on numerous local and regional committees to help support Oregon’s community colleges. During her PCC tenure, Dr. Avery’s advocacy has included testimony on the Community College Support Fund, Applied Baccalaureate Programs, the Community College Transfer Bill, and Capital Projects.

Nationally, Dr. Avery served previously as a member of the inaugural American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Structured Pathways. In 2018, Dr. Avery was elected to the national governing board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and is serving as a board member from 2018-2021. She chairs AACC’s Commission on Public Policy, Advocacy and Advancement, and is a member of the AACC Public Policy and Government Relations Committee. Other national service for Dr. Avery includes her membership on the College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel and on the Healthy Campus Advisory Council.

Prior to PCC, Dr. Avery served as Vice Provost for Strategic Partnerships at Community Colleges of Spokane in Washington and as a Professor at Eastern Washington University. 

A first-generation college graduate and native of LaPorte, Indiana, Dr. Avery obtained her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to this, she earned her bachelor’s degree in research psychology from Ball State University. 

An Inclusive Search Process

The Board of Education began an open and inclusive search process in August 2019. Faculty, staff and students, as well as industry partners and community members, helped to shape the Board’s Presidential Profile. Retaining the Association of Community College Trustees as its search consultant, the Board then assembled a search committee comprised of representatives from all employee groups, students, and committed community partners who reviewed nearly 50 highly qualified applications and recommended finalists to the Board. Finalists were then personally invited to the college to participate in open forums, where members of the college and public asked questions and provided feedback to the Board.

"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I had to participate in the process of selecting the new president of Linn-Benton Community College," said Trevor Lane, a second-year student majoring in Communication who was appointed to the Presidential Search Committee. "Our new president has already demonstrated a clear grasp of our mission and values at LBCC. I'm confident that, in collaboration with students, Dr. Avery can continue to support our campus as a pioneer for inquiry, debate and understanding so that all students have the opportunity to learn from a diverse community and build a better world."

Joan Reukauf, president and chief executive officer of Willamette Community Bank, said being a part of the Presidential Search Team was both a great honor and a great responsibility.

“As a representative of our business community in the Albany, Lebanon, and Corvallis area, I felt it important to ensure that LBCC’s next President understands the need to partner with the business community,” said Reukauf. “There are so many vibrant businesses in our area that depend on a strong, knowledgeable workforce.  Understanding that connection with our local community college is crucial.”

“I was very pleased with the quality and caliber of applicants that we had the opportunity to interview,” Reukauf added. “I am excited to welcome the new President and look forward to working together to keep our communities strong and growing.”

  • About the Search Process

    The Board has selected the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist us with the presidential search process. ACCT’s assistance will include providing support recruiting highly competitive candidates, working with the Search Committee, and supporting the Board of Education. ACCT has conducted over 500 community college searches and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our process. ACCT’s mission is to strengthen community college governance through education, advocacy at local, state, and national levels, and exemplary search services. J. David Armstrong will serve as our ACCT Search Consultant and Julie Golder, J.D., Vice President of Search Services for ACCT, will provide general oversight for the search.

  • Progress Reports

    Watch this page for periodically posted Progress Reports, in which we share updates regarding the search process.

    Progress Report #1 – October, 2019

    Progress Report #2 - November, 2019

    Progress Report #3 – January, 2020

    Progress Report #4 - January, 2020

    Progress Report #5 - February, 2020

  • Public Notices
  • Timeline

    The timeline and process for LBCC’s presidential search is as follows:

    November 13, 2019:
    Open Community Forums. The entire community is invited and
    encouraged to participate in a wide-ranging discussion about the qualities, characteristics and qualifications we are seeking in our next president.

    Main Campus - Albany, 9:30am - 10:30am in the Fireside Room (CC-211)

    Heathcare Occupations Center - Lebanon, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, in Room 150

    Benton Center - Corvallis, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, in Room 204

    If you are unable to attend one of the community forums, you are invited to take the survey to provide your feedback.  Online Survey (Survey closed on November 12, 2019)

     

    November 14, 2019
    Presidential Search Committee will hold it's first meeting to discuss "best practices" for inclusive hiring and to develop the presidential profile for the Board of Education's review and approval.  

     

    November 15, 2019
    Special Board of Education meeting (8:30am) to review and approve the presidential profile draft from the Presidential Search Committee.

    Following Board approval of the Presidential Profile, the profile will be posted to the LBCC Presidential Search website and nationwide advertising for the position will commence.  


    January 5, 2020
    Target Date for Receipt of Applications. Position open until filled.


    January, 2020
    Presidential Search Committee members review applications and select confidential semifinalists.


    February 4-5, 2020
    Target dates for Presidential Search Committee to meet for confidential interview of semifinalists. Finalists selected and recommended to the Board of Education.


    Week of February 17, 2020
    Target dates for Finalists to visit LBCC for tours, participate in public forums, meet with Direct Reports, etc. Finalists will interview with the full Board of Education.

    The schedule for each day is as follows:

      • Albany Forum: Feb. 18thLBCC Main Campus, Tripp Theater, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
      • Corvallis Forum: Feb. 19thLBCC Benton Center, Room 204, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
      • Lebanon Forum: Feb. 20th,LBCC Health Occupations Center, Room 150-151, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

     

    July 1, 2020
    Approximate start date for next President of Linn-Benton Community College.

  • About Linn-Benton Community College and the Willamette Valley

    More than 18,000 students come to LBCC each year to pursue their educational goals. Our Guided Pathways offer seven core areas of study to explore, which lead to more than 80 career technical education and transfer degree programs. Our faculty work to bring cutting-edge programming and technology to the classroom, so LBCC students are well-equipped to pursue their career path or transfer to a four-year college.

    As the sixth-largest of Oregon’s 17 community colleges, LBCC plays a critical role in the well-being of both our local and state economy. More than 300 business and industry partners help to ensure our students receive the best in workforce education for today’s high-tech manufacturing environment, as well as critical core transfer courses for students in a variety of disciplines such as medical, biological sciences, engineering, business and more.

    LBCC also provides professional development, corporate training, small business development and community education classes. The college has six locations throughout Linn and Benton County, include the main campus in Albany, centers in Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home, and the Healthcare Occupations Center in Lebanon, and the Advanced Transportation Center in Lebanon.

  • Extended Biographies of Three Finalists

    NOTE:  Due to extenuating circumstances, Dr. Romali has chosen to withdraw from the process.

Apply

This has been a confidential search process. The committee has reviewed application materials and is in the deliberation phase of the process. Please check the Progress Reports for up to date information.

Contact Info

Presidential Search

David Armstrong
ACCT Search Consultant
954.261.2665
jdavidarmstrongjr@gmail.com

Julie Golder, J.D.
VP of Search Services, ACCT
202.775.4477 (office)
202.384.5816 (mobile)
jgolder@acct.org

Scott Rolen
Director, HR Development and Support
541-917-4425
rolens@linnbenton.edu