About Our President

Debbie Derr, MHCC PresidentDr. Derr began her community college career as an adult returning student at Clackamas Community College over 30 years ago.  She has held various positions in community college education as a professional support staff, faculty and administrator.  She has served as a senior administrator in the states of Oregon, Wisconsin and Iowa before returning to Mt. Hood Community College as the tenth president in its 48 year history.

Dr. Derr has served in roles to include: Coordinator of Disability Services, Counselor, Instructor, Dean, and Vice President for Student Development and Services at MHCC before leaving Oregon.  She served as the Vice President for Learner Success at Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin with the overall responsibility for instruction, student development and services and workforce development. In 2008, she accepted the presidency of North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa where she served until her opportunity to return to Oregon as the tenth president of Mt. Hood Community College.

Dr. Derr has held numerous leadership positions both nationally and on a statewide basis to include: member of the AACC President’s Academy Executive Committee; member of the AACC Commission on Marketing and Communication; president of the National Council on Student Development; board member of the Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Board; board member of the Iowa Innovations Council; and others.   As a senior fellow at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she lectured regularly on technical and community college governance and leadership issues. 

The breadth of Dr. Derr’s experience includes championing continuous quality improvement efforts, strategic and enrollment management planning, local and statewide diversity efforts, workforce development initiatives, faculty innovation, and numerous strategies in support of academic preparedness and student success.

Dr. Derr holds a BA in Business Administration from Linfield College (OR), a MS in Counseling from Portland State University (OR) and an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.

Dr. Derr is excited to return to the college and community she loves.

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