Duke Shepard Resigns from MHCC District Board
Posted: March 14, 2011
Duke Shepard, who has served on the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education since 2003, announced his resignation from the Board, effective March 11. His term was due to expire on June 30.
Shepard was elected in 2003 and 2007 to represent zone 3. In 2007-08, he was unanimously chosen as chair of the MHCC District Board.
In his letter of resignation, Duke said, “I have not been able to dedicate the time necessary to MHCC or my family of late, and I need to take this step even though the timing – with our search for a new president looming – is less than ideal.”
Shepard said he supports “the direction that we have collectively taken with the institution. We are on the right track.” He also said he is “especially pleased to have had the opportunity to work with President Sygielski.”
John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MHCC president, announced in January that he will leave the College at the end of June to become president of Harrisburg Area Community College, located in Pennsylvania. Three Board positions at MHCC will be up for election in May, in addition to Shepard’s position.
Shepard has an extensive background in Oregon politics, government and economic development. In January he was named labor and human services policy adviser to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.