Executive Education Powerlist and Presidents’ Perspective


0913 Powerlist 01A conversation with Eastern Oregon University’s Robert Davies and Jeremy Brown, the new president of Portland Community College.

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BY BRANDON SAWYER

A conversation with Eastern Oregon University’s Robert Davies and Jeremy Brown, the new president of Portland Community College.

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Dr. Davies became president of EOU in 2009.

OB: Do you favor Eastern Oregon University having its own governing board? 

President Davies: What we will be doing for the next six months is analyzing and going through a process of discussion and thoughtfulness of what would the best governing structure be for Eastern. It may end up being its own institutional board. It may be a consortium board. It may be a form of governance that we haven’t thought of yet.

OB: What are your thoughts on recently passed state legislation to provide free tuition to in-state students who agree to pay 3% of their post-graduation earnings for about 25 years?

President Davies: I would not use the words ‘free tuition’ because it’s not free. And I know it’s called the ‘Pay It Forward’ bill, but it’s actually kind of paying it backward, but that’s neither here nor there. I think the challenge with the Pay It Forward bill is it negates the public benefits. It negates the fact that a college-educated workforce is more productive and adds to societies in which we live. And so the concern I have with the model is: Does it even move us further away from the public benefit, and therefore also the public investment that needs to be made into public higher education?

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Dr. Brown (left) replaced retiring PCC president Preston Pulliams (right) in July.

OB: As part of the 40-40-20 plan, how can community colleges get 40% of adult Oregonians to achieve an associate’s degree or postsecondary credential by 2025?

President Brown: We want to make sure that we have the adequate resources to make that happen. We’re delighted that the state increased our funding this year over what we had expected in the spring, but it’s still below where we were a few years ago when we had roughly 30%-40% fewer students. The thing is to let people know the opportunities that exist at PCC to achieve an associate’s degree or even to get a GED in some areas. So one of the things we want to do is to encourage people to come back, to let people know the importance of completing an education that will enable them to be more employable. And a lot of times the issue is dependent upon giving people a level of confidence and support.

OB: What do you think of Rudy Crew’s abrupt departure? Is the Oregon Education Investment Board’s objective of a seamless pre-K to college system in peril?

President Brown: I don’t think so. In essence it’s kind of a net zero, because I came from New York and he went to New York from Oregon. And I think, overall, it’s not about one person. It’s about a plan, an ideal.

OB: How will your training in experimental nuclear physics help you in your new job?

President Brown: One of the things that I do find very useful is that I understand the role of the faculty member, having been in the classroom for many years and taught at different places. So I can relate to faculty members, and I really do respect the great work that they do. Sometimes we lose track of that because we kind of see ourselves as administrators, so I really appreciate the opportunity to dialogue with faculty about teaching and advances in technology and how that affects the teaching process. On the nuclear physics side, I’m very comfortable with numbers, both very small and very, very large, so numbers don’t phase me too much. And of course I’ve done a lot of things in administration, even when I was a physicist, on terms of the human side of things, the nonquantifiable things.


 

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES RANKED BY FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT
RANKNAME / WEBSITEADDRESS / PHONEPRESIDENT / SENIOR EXECFALL FTE / HEADCOUNTUNDERGRAD / GRADUATE DEGREESPROGRAMS
1 Heald College 6035 N.E. 78th Ct.
Portland 97218 415-808-1529
Eeva Deshon 12,600
16,992
NA
NA
Associate degrees in the health care, business, legal and technology fields
2 University of Phoenix 13221 S.W. 68th Pkwy.
Tigard 97223 800-214-5161
Bill Pepicello 3,800
3,800
NA
NA
Associate, bachelor’s, graduate degrees in business, education, criminal justice, health care, etc.
3 Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Rd.
Portland 97219 503-768-7000
Barry Glassner 3,399
3,687
456
549
Liberal arts, sciences; professional programs in education, counseling, law; local/global engagement
PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES RANKED BY FALL FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT
RANKNAME / WEBSITEADDRESS / PHONEPRESIDENT / SENIOR EXECFALL FTE / HEADCOUNTUNDERGRAD / GRADUATE DEGREESPROGRAMS
1 Oregon State 600 Kerr Administration Bldg.
Corvallis 97331 541-737-4133
Edward J. Ray 23,957
27,194
3929
1,123
Agricultural science; business; earth, ocean, and atmospheric science;
2 University of Oregon 1226 University of Oregon
Eugene 97403 541-346-1000
Michael R. Gottfredson 23,378
24,591
4272
1,317
Green chemistry, natural sciences, creative writing, liberal arts, architecture, fine arts, education, etc.
3 Portland State P.O. Box 751
Portland 97207 503-725-3434
Wim Wiewel 20,226
28,731
4320
1,719
Business administration, education, engineering and computer science, fine/performing arts, etc.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES RANKED BY FALL FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT
RANKNAME / WEBSITEADDRESS / PHONEPRESIDENT / SENIOR EXECFALL FTE / HEADCOUNTUNDERGRAD / GRADUATE DEGREESPROGRAMS
1 Portland P.O. Box 19000
Portland 97280 971-722-6111
Jeremy Brown 18,764
63,267
1806
3,978
Traditional college programs, university transfers, community and continuing education, etc.
2 Clark College 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663 360-699-NEXT
Robert K. Knight 9,232
13,243
2092
NA
Nursing, dental hygiene, medical radiography
3 Lane 4000 E. 30th Ave.
Eugene 97405 541-463-3000
Mary Spilde 8,607
17,907
642
792
Professional, technical and college transfer programs; employee skill upgrading, etc.

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