After eight months and a field of 44 applicants, Columbia Gorge Community College’s board of education approved a contract in March with Dr. Marta Yera Cronin as CGCC’s next president. The decision was unanimous. Dr. Cronin's first day with the college is July 1.
Cronin, vice president of academic affairs at Indian River State College in Florida, will become the third president since CGCC was established in 1977. During her tenure there, Indian River was twice selected as a finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
She emerged with a strong vote of confidence from the board after extensive on-campus interviews with four well-regarded finalists.
“Marta’s combination of experience innovating new programs, working with a diverse student population, and guiding faculty professional development promise great things for CGCC,” said board chair Stu Watson. “She is assertive, creative and passionate about making CGCC a destination – for students and residents of the Gorge community.”
Led by board vice chair Lee Fairchild, a search committee involving a broad mix of Gorge residents spent days reviewing applications from across the country.
CGCC looks forward to introducing Dr. Cronin to our Columbia Gorge community.
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