Derr to Leave NIACC

Debra Derr
Debra Derr

Gresham, OR — North Iowa Area Community College President Debra Derr will be leaving her current position for a similar one in Oregon.

According to a statement from Mt. Hood Community College, the MHCC District Board of Education has selected Derr as their new college president. She’ll replace Michael Hay, who’s been MHCC president since July 1, 2011. Derr will be the college’s tenth president since 1966.

The surroundings will be familiar for Derr, who has previously held senior administrative positions at MHCC, earned her master’s degree in counseling from Portland State University, and her doctorate in community college leadership and higher education administration from Oregon State University. According to the statement, college leadership is excited that her “experience lies in the areas of working with students with disabilities, advising and counseling, teaching psychology and student development courses, and administering student affairs programs with a focus on student success.”

“We are impressed with Dr. Derr’s credentials and strong connection to our college and community,” said MHCC board chair Dave Shields. “Her leadership style is highly inclusive and participative. She is prepared to help move MHCC forward as it meets a number of important challenges, such as sustainable funding and graduation goals.”

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