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Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle's Biography

Cathy Kemper Pelle President of RCCClick here for Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle's CV

August 31, 2020

Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle is the chief executive officer of Rogue Community College. She is responsible for visionary leadership, administrative oversight and is accountable to the RCC Board of Education. As president, Cathy represents the college in the community, to the legislature, and to other community colleges both state and national.

Cathy became the college’s sixth president on July 1, 2016, and she currently serves on the following regional boards: ACCESS, Britt Festival, Medford-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Rogue Workforce Partnership, and Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI).

She also serves on advisory committees for Southern Oregon Success and the Southern Oregon Legislative Caucus and is a member of Medford Rogue Rotary. At the state level, Cathy serves as the current chair of the Oregon Presidents’ Council, a monthly convening of the presidents of all 17 Oregon community colleges. Through this group and the Oregon Community College Association, Cathy champions statewide community college priorities including adult education, equity, reduction of student hunger and homelessness, K-12 partnerships, and developmental education redesign. She was recognized in 2019 by Rogue Workforce Partnership as a Workforce Champion and by SOREDI for collaboration in co-creating the Southern Oregon Higher Education Consortium.

Cathy is also a Professor of Practice in the John E. Roueche Center for Community College Leadership at Kansas State University and an active member of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.