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Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle

The Rogue Community College (RCC) Board of Education (Board) named Cathy Kemper-Pelle as RCC’s sixth president. Kemper-Pelle was the Chief Academic Officer at Lee College Baytown, Texas.

Since 2011, Dr. Kemper-Pelle has been an institutional leader at at Lee College, a comprehensive multi-campus institution serving more than 7,000 students in suburban, rural and prison settings. Lee College is a nationally recognized Achieving the Dream Leader College, it has also been recognized by both the Aspen Institute and the American Association of Community Colleges for student success, and it was ranked #2 nationally by the Brookings Institute and #9 by SmartAsset in its rankings of the best community college of 2015.

Dr. Kemper-Pelle brings exceptional qualifications to this position. She is a graduate of one of America’s leading graduate programs in community college leadership at the University of Texas, and she currently advises emerging community colleges leaders as a cohort student success mentor at the Roueche Graduate School. She has outstanding academic credentials. She is also a business owner and very active in the communities where she has worked.

Dr. Kemper-Pelle is known as an effective administrator who leads on-campus by being an effective listener and building consensus. Off-campus, she has a reputation for fostering partnerships and relationships with K-12 schools, partner universities, and with business and industry.

“The Board believes Dr. Kemper-Pelle’s expertise and accomplishments in fostering student success, experience at multiple institutions, and knowledge of best practices will enable her to lead RCC’s efforts to help students succeed and expand the College’s effort to match college resources with community needs,” Dr. Kevin Talbert said, “we are very excited to welcome her to our college.”