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Chemeketa’s two top administrators are finalists for other jobs

Cheryl Roberts, President of Chemeketa Community College

Cheryl Roberts, President of Chemeketa Community College

Patrick Lanning, Vice President of Chemeketa Community College, President of Yamhill Campus.

Patrick Lanning, Vice President of Chemeketa Community College, President of Yamhill Campus

Chemeketa’s two top  administrators are  finalists for other jobs


By Brad Bakke

An air of change is in the halls of Chemeketa.

Cheryl Roberts, Chemeketa’s president, and Patrick Lanning, the college’s vice president, are both finalists for the top jobs of community colleges in Washington and Oregon.


Lanning, also in an all-staff email, said, “Central Oregon Community College called a special board meeting to announce three finalists for their president search. I am one of the three finalists and share this news with a mixed heart.”
Roberts said in an all-staff email, “I wanted you to hear directly from me that Friday morning, the board of trustees at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash., publicly announced that I am a finalist for their next president.”

Success has led to their seeking of transition.

Roberts said, “This coincidence is an extraordinary testament to the success we have achieved together, and both Patrick and I share our news with mixed feelings.”

Both are looking to return to their families and roots. Shoreline is close to Seattle; Central Oregon is in Bend.

Roberts said, “In large measure, my decision was influenced by my family ties in Seattle. As some of you know, my husband and I have a long connection to the Seattle community.”

Lanning said, “Though I love our work at Chemeketa, I am excited about the possibility to return to the community college district where I was born and raised.”

Roberts and Lanning both said they remain dedicated to Chemeketa and indicated that Chemeketa would continue to be a successful institution beyond their tenure.

“I want to reassure you that Patrick and I will continue to be fully engaged in the important work before us at Chemeketa,” Roberts said.

“I am confident Chemeketa will continue to thrive because the strength of this college has always been in our people.”

 

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