President Edward J. Ray is nearing the completion of his 11th year at Oregon State University. Always mindful of OSU’s commitment to the people of Oregon, Dr. Ray has been a strong advocate for increased state funding and accountability in reaching Oregon’s ambitious 40-40-20 goal by 2025. Under his leadership, Oregon State has a plan to support this goal through creative solutions and key partnerships. Additionally, President Ray has overseen the expansion of dual-enrollment agreements to all 17 of the state’s community colleges, making it easier for students to complete four-year degrees. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Queens College in New York and earned his master’s and doctorate in economics from Stanford University.
Rick Wagoner is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education and Organizational Change Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research and scholarship centers on community colleges and addresses them from multiple perspectives including theoretical and scholarly, practitioner oriented, and policy. He is particularly concerned with faculty work and professional identity, colleges as organizations, and the transfer function from the perspectives of individual students, institutions, and state-level policies.
Professor Wagoner’s interest in community colleges is deeply grounded in his own experience as he graduated with an AS degree from the College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah and has worked as an administrator and adjunct professor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
Camille Preus, Commissioner of the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development provides leadership and advocacy with the Government, the legislature, and other statewide stakeholders for Oregon's 17 community colleges, 7 workforce investment areas, and many community based organizations. Given Oregon's goal for increased levels of educational attainment (40/40/20) Cam has focused energy and leadership on the middle 40, convening all facets of Oregon community colleges to concentrate on improving student persistence, completion and success. Cam received her doctorate in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.
Preston Pulliams, current President of Portland Community College, came to Portland after serving as vice-chancellor for Community Colleges for the State University of New York (SUNY) where he coordinated and directed the activities of the 30 community college in the SUNY system. In addition to his experience in community college administration, Dr. Pulliams has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level, and for several years at a junior high school in Michigan. Dr. Pulliams has done extensive research and writing on student achievement, minority student success, counseling at the community college level and on establishing effective working relationships between boards and college presidents.
Mary Spilde, current President of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, completed a master’s in adult education and a doctorate in post-secondary education at Oregon State University. She has served – and currently serves – on several national committees and boards all dedicated to the betterment of education and educational professionals. Spilde has a passion for learning about leadership and organizational change. She focuses much of her time and energy at Lane on leading and supporting initiatives that will develop a culture of innovation, achievement and improvements in the learning environment.