Linn-Benton Community College Announces 3 Finalists for President

The Linn-Benton Community College Board of Education is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, three finalists will move forward in the Linn-Benton Community College presidency search process. The finalists were announced in a special meeting of the Board on Thursday evening, Feb. 6.

“LBCC has a strong reputation as a champion for student and community success, and it showed in the number of distinguished candidates who applied for the position,” said Board of Education Chair Jim Merryman. “I am delighted to take the next step with these three outstanding individuals.”

“LBCC has a strong reputation as a champion for student and community success, and it showed in the number of distinguished candidates who applied for the position,” said Board of Education Chair Jim Merryman. “I am delighted to take the next step with these three outstanding individuals.” 

The Board developed a profile of the ideal candidate by collecting input from the college and wider community, hosting three public forums and offering open opportunities to submit written suggestions. Based on the profile’s criteria, the appointed Presidential Search Committee – a group comprised of representatives from across the college, including employees, students and community members – reviewed a deep, diverse candidate pool to ultimately choose three finalists for recommendation to the Board. 

“I am so grateful to our Search Committee, and to all those across the college and community who have taken time to participate in our process so far,” said Merryman. “The careful, thoughtful input we have received has helped us create the right vision for choosing LBCC’s next leader – now we are excited to give everyone the chance to learn more about the candidates, and to help us choose the one best suited to continue growing LBCC’s incredible mission.”

Listed below are candidate biographies and campus forums information. College faculty, staff, students, and all members of the public are invited to attend.

LBCC Presidential Candidate Forums:

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

Forums are Feb. 18, 19,  and 20 - with one candidate visiting LBCC each day. Candidate forums are open to all. Introduction followed by question and answer session. Audience feedback will be gathered at the end of each forum.

  • Feb. 18: Dr. Lisa Avery, President, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
  • Feb. 19: Dr. David Hinds, President, Victoria College, Texas
  • Feb. 20: Dr. Reagan Romali, Superintendent/President, Long Beach Community College District, California

Daily schedule for each candidate:

  • Albany Campus Forum: Russell Tripp Theater, Takena Hall, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Corvallis Forum: LBCC Benton Center, Room 204, 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Lebanon Forum: LBCC Health Occupations Center, Room 150-151, 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

 

LBCC Presidential Finalists (in alphabetical order): 

Lisa Avery

Lisa Avery, Ph.D., is Campus President, Sylvania Campus, Portland Community College in Oregon. She previously served as Vice Provost for Strategic Partnerships at Community Colleges of Spokane in Washington and as a Professor at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Avery earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degree and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Illinois; and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Ball State University in Indiana.

 Extended Biography

 

 

david hindsDavid Hinds, Ph.D., is President of Victoria College in Texas. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Instructional Affairs at Allegany College of Maryland. David earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Community College Leadership; a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Houston; and attended Midland Community College for two years before completing a Bachelor of Science at Texas State University.

 Extended Biography

 

 

Reagan RomaliReagan Romali, Ph.D., is Superintendent-President of Long Beach City College in California. She previously served as President of Harry S. Truman College, City Colleges of Chicago in Illinois. Dr. Romali earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree from Walden University in Minnesota; a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of San Diego in California; and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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For more information about the presidential search process at Linn-Benton Community College, extended biographies and photographs of candidates, search committee membership list and more, please visit: 

www.linnbenton.edu/president-search