MHCC Board Appoints Paul Capell to Fill Vacant Position
Posted: October 24, 2012
The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education appointed Paul Capell on Oct. 21 to fill the at-large board position vacated in September by Ralph Yates, who resigned after serving the college for 13 years.
“All the candidates were qualified and dedicated to MHCC,” says Dave Shields, board chair. “We appreciate everyone who submitted an application. We had a great field from which to choose.”
Capell will be sworn in at the board’s Nov. 14 meeting and serve through June. The position will be up for election May 2013. The successful candidate from the election will serve the remainder of Yates’ term, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.
Capell has extensive experience in public service and has been a longtime supporter of MHCC. In Prineville, Ore., he served as mayor (1997-98), on city council and on the planning commission. He is a current member of the MHCC Foundation board of directors and a member and past president (2006-07) of the Central East Portland Rotary Club. He will resign his Foundation board position when sworn in as a member of the Board of Education. Capell has lived in East Multnomah County 11 years and is vice president/west region energy lead for HDR Engineering.
“I want to be on the board to serve the community with a focus on education. I agree with the mission of the board and want to support the continued success of MHCC,” says Capell.
Capell’s experience will contribute to the board’s ability to address many of the challenges currently facing the college, notes Shields. Capell will be especially helpful in the board’s selection of the next college president when Mike Hay, the current president, retires June 30, 2013. Other challenges include budgeting, state funding, state regulations and collective bargaining.
The MHCC District Board of education is comprised of seven members elected to four-year terms. Five of the positions are elected from specific district zones and two are elected form the district at-large.