Every Day’s Coming Up Roses for MHCC Computer Science Instructor
Posted: June 9, 2011
Students and faculty at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) take community engagement seriously, but this retired Navy officer and college instructor takes it to heart.
Fifty-seven meetings in one year -- that’s the commitment that David Todd, Ph.D., a computer science instructor since 1996, made last year to just one of the community projects with which he’s involved.
Granted, it’s a big one: the world-famous Portland Rose Festival, which kicked off this year in February and concludes with the Rose Cup Races on June 19.
Todd is currently vice president of the Festival’s board of directors, after serving two years as assistant treasurer and treasurer. He has been on the Rose Festival board for more than two decades, first becoming involved when he left active duty and was asked to help coordinate the Festival’s naval fleet visit to Portland.
“I just seemed to get pulled into more and more of the Rose Festival projects, and I sort of never left,” says Todd. “It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve tried to bring some awareness of the Festival to the MHCC campus, and to bridge the community ‘distance’ between Portland and East County.”
Over the years, Todd has been part of Festival and Festival-partner events as diverse as the Hood River Horse Show, the Lincoln City Kite Festival, the Delta Park Pow-Wow — even the Firefighters’ “Olympics.”
But that, as they say, is just the first bloom on the rose. Along with his schedule of teaching students and co-chairing the College’s Strategic Planning Council, Todd also finds time to serve the Portland Council as a national director of the U.S. Navy League. He is also active on the board of the USS Ranger Foundation, a non-profit organization working to bring the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Ranger to a berth on the Columbia River in Fairview, Ore., as the world’s largest floating sea-air-space museum. Ranger was the first vessel to respond during Operation Desert Storm and also appeared in the movies Top Gun and Star Trek IV.
With all that volunteer effort, it’s fair to say that MHCC’s Todd isn’t just engaged with the local community, he’s had a long and successful marriage to it.