MHCC Board Names Debra Derr Next College President

Posted April 6, 2013 

Dr. Debra DerrThe Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education is pleased to announce that it has selected Debra Derr as the finalist for the position of college president.

Derr will become MHCC’s tenth president since 1966, the year the college began serving students and the community from its campus in Gresham. Michael Hay, the college’s president since July 1, 2011, has announced that he will retire at the end of June.

Former MHCC Administrator

Derr is currently president of North Iowa Area Community College and has held senior administrative positions at Mt. Hood Community College and Clackamas Community College. Her experience lies in the areas of working with students with disabilities, advising and counseling, teaching psychology and student development courses, and administering student affairs programs with a focus on student success.

Derr holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Linfield College, a master's in counseling from Portland State University and a doctorate in community college leadership/higher education administration from Oregon State University.

“We are impressed with Dr. Derr’s credentials and strong connection to our college and community,” said Dave Shields, board chair. “Her leadership style is highly inclusive and participative. She is prepared to help move MHCC forward as it meets a number of important challenges, such as sustainable funding and graduation goals.”

New Programs and AVID Center

Shields added that Derr will be taking the helm of a college with a near 50-year history of helping students to realize their educational and career dreams, and meeting the community’s workforce training needs. New programs launched in the past couple of years include cybersecurity, health informatics, video game development and light auto repair. MHCC is the first and only Oregon college to create an AVID Center which provides students with group-based learning and support. The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Center opened in fall 2012.

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