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RCC selects new president

Randy Weber, of Johnson County Community College in Kansas, will start July 1

After a months-long search, Rogue Community College announced Wednesday that a senior administrator from a midwestern community college will serve as its next president.

Randy Weber, executive vice president, chief student success and strategy officer at Johnson County Community College in Kansas, was selected in an unanimous vote by RCC’s Board of Education, the school said in a news release.

Upon starting the job July 1, Weber will be RCC’s seventh president, replacing retiring president Cathy Kemper-Pelle.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the next president at Rogue Community College. I look forward to working with dedicated faculty and staff in supporting the students and communities we serve throughout Josephine and Jackson counties,” Weber said in a prepared statement. “Together, we will continue to increase student success and effectively support regional workforce needs.”

Weber was chosen from among four other candidates who had recently visited RCC’s locations throughout the valley (Grants Pass, White City and Medford) to meet with the board, faculty, staff and students in town hall meetings.

Roger Stokes, chair of the RCC Board of Education, praised Weber as “a dynamic and innovative leader.” The first-generation community college graduate went on to receive a doctorate in education at Baker University in Overland Park, Kansas, and got his first higher education job at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas.

The institution for which Weber currently works, Johnson County Community College, enrolls over 27,000 credit students and 25,000 noncredit students annually and has approximately 3,000 employees.

RCC plans to introduce Weber to students, faculty, staff and the community in an “informal event” over the summer and in the fall, the press release said. Details will come later.