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BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Community College has named its next President. The COCC board voted unanimously, Tuesday night, to approve hiring Dr. Laurie Chesley to replace the retiring Dr. Shirley Metcalf July first.


Dr. Chesley comes from Grand Rapids Community College, where she is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. She's spent most of her career in Michigan. "It is exciting for me to be moving to an area that is so beautiful, so welcoming and, most importantly, so supportive of its community college," she said in a written statement, "I approach this challenge with humility, knowing the great work that has already been done by Dr. Metcalf, the board of directors, and the faculty and staff, both past and present." Dr. Chesley added, "COCC has a great history and I look forward to being part of its future."


The board's decision follows on-campus interviews with three finalists, and a visit to Dr. Chesley's current school. "Everything we heard on our visit confirmed that Dr. Chesley is the right person to be the next president of COCC," says board member Joe Krenowicz, "Faculty, staff, students, her current president and board chair all shared their tremendous respect for the work she has done there and were unanimous in their support of her move into presidency."

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