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PCC President and PSU Student Confirmed to State Board of Higher Education

Contact: Di Saunders – Office, 503-725-5714; Cell, 503-219-6869

PORTLAND, June 15, 2007 – Governor Kulongoski’s State Board of Higher Education appointments of Portland Community College district president Preston Pulliams and of Portland State University student leader, Hannah Fisher, were confirmed this week by the Oregon State Senate. Pulliams succeeds retiring Board member Gretchen Schuette, president of Chemeketa Community College, and will serve for an initial term of 1-year and is eligible for re-appointment for a 4-year term. Fisher succeeds student Board member Gary Blakney, and will serve a 2-year term. Both terms will begin on July 1, 2007.

Henry Lorenzen, president of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, said, ”The Board is very pleased with the appointments of Dr. Pulliams and Ms. Fisher to the Board. Preston’s many years of leadership experience at community colleges and his understanding of student and campus needs will be invaluable to the Board as it continues to work on initiatives that help Oregon students to access and succeed in postsecondary education. Hannah’s leadership at PSU in student government and her commitment to higher education access and in sustainable energy use on campus make her an excellent new resource on the Board. We look forward to working with Preston and Hannah in the coming months to further our agenda for increasing postsecondary access, affordability and quality in Oregon,” said Lorenzen.

Dr. Pulliams has served as district president for PCC since 2004, leading the state’s largest community college, with enrollment of more than 88,000 students, 3,500 full and part-time employees, and managing an annual operating budget of more than $146 million. Well respected for his postsecondary leadership in Oregon, Pulliams advocates for expanding and improving the synergistic relationships among and between K-12, community colleges and the Oregon University System institutions. Prior to his presidency at PCC, Dr. Pulliams served in leadership and academic positions as vice chancellor community colleges for the State University System Administration in New York; president of Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York; president of Highland Lakes Campus, Oakland Community College District in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; president for student affairs at the Community College of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and dean of student services and counselor at Muskegon Community College in Michigan. Pulliams’ teaching experience has been extensive over his academic career, including adjunct positions at the institutions where he served in leadership positions, as well as at Marist College and New Paltz University in New York, Grand Valley State University; and as a K-12 teacher in Michigan. Pulliams received his Ed.D. in educational administration at The University of Michigan; his M.A. in counseling and personnel at Western Michigan University; his B.S. in social science at Michigan State University; and his A.S. in Science at Muskegon Community College.

Ms. Fisher currently attends PSU where she just completed her freshman year and is majoring in Political Science. Active in student government, Fisher is the university affairs director for the AssoLyLynciated Students of Portland State University. She works with other student and administrative teams to coordinate sustainable energy use at PSU, and organizes various other campus outreach and educational events. Always an advocate for the importance of young voices in all areas of society, Fisher hosted the local commercial television show Teen Edition in association with Comcast and The American Teen Television Network. With a diverse Portland employment history she has worked with the Oregon Student Association as a lobbyist on behalf of Oregon university students and as a Buyer for Buffalo Exchange. Fisher has received several speaking and debate awards, and is a 2006 graduate of Grant High School in Portland.


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