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Dr. Kemper-Pelle Receives Positive Marks in Board Evaluation

GRANTS PASS, Oregon — The Rogue Community College (RCC) Board of Education gave high marks to RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle, EdD, in her third evaluation since joining the college in 2016.

“What a great year it has been,” commented Board Chair Claudia Sullivan. “Cathy works hard and has many accomplishments to show for it. That is clearly apparent from comments from faculty and staff, and it is certainly apparent to Board members.”

The Board surveyed selected RCC staff, faculty, students and community members and reviewed Dr. Kemper-Pelle’s self-evaluation, and has discussed the results with her.

Sullivan noted “collaborative” as the word that best describes Kemper-Pelle’s work on behalf of RCC the past year. Highlights include forming the Southern Oregon Higher Education Consortium with the presidents of Southern Oregon University, Oregon Tech and Klamath Community College. The consortium is the first of its kind in Oregon. By pooling resources and talent the institutions will work more efficiently and smooth the transition for students transferring from one institution to another. The RCC president has also developed community business partnerships that have led to improved programs, which will have a significant impact on future growth of the college and the region’s economy. In concert with Judy Basker, executive director of the RCC Foundation, Kemper-Pelle secured funding for equipment in the High Tech Center, which opened last September, and the Health Professions Center, set to open in the fall of 2020.

One community partner commented, “President Kemper-Pelle has brought openness, thoughtfulness and wisdom to RCC. We are fortunate to have her.”

Under her guidance the college has opened a new High Tech Center, broken ground on a new Health Professions Center, and moved forward on projects for a makerspace in downtown Grants Pass, and a new science building and master plan for the Redwood Campus.

President Kemper-Pelle has brought new ideas to the college. One faculty member commented, "Cathy does not settle for the status quo. This is exactly what RCC needs.”

She is creating a culture of continuous improvement using the data resources provided by Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning, a department she created. “She partners with faculty and staff to embrace the philosophy of Achieving the Dream, which will improve access and equity for students as well as pave the way for college completion,” said Sullivan, adding that, in this effort, Kemper-Pelle has provided support and resources to faculty and staff for the implementation of proven student success strategies. These include Guided Pathways, GED concurrent enrollment, holistic student supports, and the Career and Technical Academy.

Under Kemper-Pelle’s leadership, college programs, staff and faculty have earned national recognition, including being named a College of Excellence by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), a finalist for the Bellwether Award, and receiving the Workforce Champion Award from the Rogue Workforce Partnership.

“The Board of Education commends Cathy’s leadership,” Sullivan concluded. "We look forward to the coming year with Cathy. We anticipate more good work from her and the college staff.”