Chemeketa begins search for new college president

Julie Huckestein has led Chemeketa Community College since 2014 and will retire at the end of the 2019 school year. (Photo courtesy Chemeketa Community College)

Chemeketa Community College is kicking off a search for its next president after Julie Huckenstein announced she would retire in June 2019.

College leaders are seeking public comment on what qualities and experience they should look for in the next president and will hold a series of public forums next week.

They’re also launched an online survey to gather comments until Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Huckenstein worked at Chemeketa for 18 years and became president in 2014. Under her leadership, the college launched programs in bilingual education, music and robotics, according to a college press release from June.

The college has established a search committee to help with the hiring process, and will use community remarks to write a job description for the role. The job will open to applicants in November and close in January.

The college’s board plans to interview finalists in February and announce a selection in March 2019.

Forums will be held at the following times:

Wednesday, October 3

* 10:30-11:30 a.m., Chemeketa Polk Center (1340 SE Holman Ave., Dallas), Room 109

* 1:30-2:30 p.m., Chemeketa Woodburn Center (120 E Lincoln St.), Room 110

* 5-6 p.m., Yamhill Valley Campus (288 NE Norton Ln., McMinnville), Bldg. 1, Room 101

Thursday, October 4

Salem Campus, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Bldg. 8, Room 219

* 9-10 a.m.

* 1-2 p.m.

* 5-6 p.m.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.