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RCC begins search for president

Rogue Community College President Cathy Kemper-Pelle is set to step down in June of 2022. [Mail Tribune / Andy Atkinson]

Rogue Community College has initiated a nationwide search for a new president.

The school posted a page on its website devoted to the process, just days after RCC’s Board of Education approved members of a search committee and dates for public forums.

The developments come three months after RCC President Cathy Kemper-Pelle announced her decision to retire in June of 2022.

“The Board of Education sincerely appreciates Cathy's dedicated efforts to build Rogue Community College into an increasingly valuable educational resource for the citizens of the Rogue Valley,” Roger Stokes, chairman of the Board of Education, and Pat Fahey, vice chairwoman of the Board of Education, said in a statement.

School officials did not respond to requests from the Mail Tribune for comments about the search process.

The committee is made up of 20 members, including two local school district superintendents and a vice president of the health care provider Asante. The committee also includes several RCC employees, board members and students.

The committee will receive assistance from the Mississippi-based consulting firm Gold Hill Associates.

The firm will also help facilitate forums scheduled for Oct. 15 and 20. Members of the campus community and general public will be allowed to participate.

The RCC search comes as Southern Oregon University is in the midst of its own process to find a new leader. Finalists in that search are expected to be announced soon, with on-campus interviews tentatively scheduled for this month.