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Derr leaving NIACC for Oregon community college

NIACC President Dr. Debra Derr
NIACC President Dr. Debra Derr

(Gresham, Ore., April 6, 2013) – The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education is pleased to announce that it has selected Debra Derr as the finalist for the position of college president.

Derr will become MHCC’s tenth president since 1966, the year the college began serving students and the community from its campus in Gresham. Ore. Michael Hay, the college’s president since July 1, 2011, has announced that he will retire at the end of June.

Former MHCC Administrator
Derr is currently president of North Iowa Community College and has held senior administrative positions at Mt. Hood Community College and Clackamas Community College. 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.

Derr holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Linfield College, a master’s in counseling from Portland State University and a doctorate in community college leadership/higher education administration from Oregon State University.

“We are impressed with Dr. Derr’s credentials and strong connection to our college and community,” said Dave Shields, board chair. “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.”

Derr will join her son Brennan Derr, who is already living in Oregon after leaving Mason City in the wake of a drug scandal on the NIACC campus.  Brennan Derr was arrested last year for dealing marijuana and cocaine on the NIACC campus.  Brennan Derr was detained by local law enforcement on NIACC’s campus along with three others on January 17th, 2012 for illegal drug distribution activities following an investigation by law enforcement.

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