Board selects CFO Julie Huckestein as interim president
By Matthew Skog Photos by Brad Bakke
Huckestein, who is currently Chemeketa’s chief financial officer and vice president for college support services, will begin her new role as interim president on July 1, the day after current president Cheryl Roberts’ presidency ends.
Huckestein has been with Chemeketa since 2001.
“Thank you,” Huckestein said to the board moments after the vote. “We here at the college cannot do what we do without everyone. It’s not about one person; it’s about all of us. Our students, our community, our faculty, our board: everyone all together is what makes Chemeketa a great place.”
Board chairman Ed Dodson said he believed that Huckestein would fill the role of interim president well.
“We have complete confidence in Julie to lead Chemeketa through this transition,” he said. “The college is in good hands.” After the meeting, Huckestein said she was unaware that the board would appoint her to the position.
“I knew they were considering internal candidates, and I knew it would very likely be someone from the executive team,” she said. “But I didn’t know it would be me.
“I thank the board for their confidence in me.”
Huckestein also had a few words for students and staff.
“I accept this position not only because of the strong support from the board, but also because of the support from our partners in
the executive team, and from staff members. One person can’t do everything here. What we’re here for is to help students. Our focus is on students, and student success, and making a difference for each and every student who comes through our doors.”
Huckestein will not be a candidate for the permanent position of president, which will become open to applicants later this year.
A Message To Staff and Students From Board Chariman Ed Dodson
Dear Chemeketa Employees, Last night the Board voted unanimously to appoint Julie Huckestein interim president of the Chemeketa Community College district. Julie will assume her new position July 1 and will serve in that role until the next district president is hired. In making our decision we considered the college work for next year which includes the full review of the college’s accreditation and continued focus on our budget and finances. The Board has complete confidence in the college’s leadership during this transition. Julie has 13 years of experience at Chemeketa and has most recently held the position of vice president of college support services and chief financial officer. Her appointment may precipitate additional shifts in responsibilities, and Julie will notify you of subsequent organizational changes if those decisions are necessary. Julie will not be a candidate for the permanent position. The search for Chemeketa’s next district president will begin with college and community forums in fall term to gather input on the attributes to seek in a successful candidate. Chemeketa intends to open the application process before winter term. A search committee comprised of board members, faculty, staff, students and community representatives is expected to begin screening candidates in early 2015. The Board will interview finalists and hopes
to announce Chemeketa’s next district president in spring of 2015.