MHCC Board Narrows Presidential Search to 3

Posted March 14, 2013

Presidential Search Forums will be held April 5 in the Visual Arts Theatre

  • Debra Derr
    12:25 p.m.-1:10 p.m.
  • Jacob Ng
    1:20 p.m.-2:05 p.m.

The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education has approved three finalists for the position of college president.

The candidates are Deborah Derr, Suzanne Miles and Jacob Ng. MHCC's current president, Michael Hay, has announced that he will retire June 30.

The candidates were interviewed by a Presidential Search Committee comprised of a cross section of MHCC students and employees. Michael Viera of Community College Search Services, assisted in the process. There were 38 applications for the position.

Students, employees and community members are welcome to attend several candidate forums. They will be held: Friday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m., 12:25 and 1:20 p.m. More details will be released soon.

The Board plans to conduct second interviews with candidates Saturday, April 6.

Debra Derr

Derr is currently president of North Iowa 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.

Suzanne Miles

UPDATE, March 20, 2013:
Suzanne Miles has withdrawn from consideration for this position.

Miles is currently interim chancellor for Pima Community College in Tuscon, Ariz., the eighth largest multi-campus institution in the nation. She has been with Pima for 26 years. Prior to Pima, she was with Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and also worked in television and radio news in Anchorage, Alaska.

Miles received a bachelor's degree in speech from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She earned a master's degree in communication from Arizona State University and a doctorate in communication with a minor in higher education administration from the University of Arizona.

Jacob Ng

Ng is currently vice chancellor of Student Services at Peralta Community College District (PCCD) in the California Bay Area. During the past 17 years, he has advanced in several administrative positions at PCCD. Overall, he has nine years of community college teaching experience and four years as adjunct faculty, as well as eight years of full-time counseling faculty experience.

Ng received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Evangel University in Missouri, a master's in counseling/clinical psychology from Cal Lutheran University and a doctorate in community college leadership from Oregon State University.


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