|“I joined the President’s Circle because I believe in our students and support their pursuit for a brighter future.” - Christina Kruger, Pacific Power
“I invested in our community at the President’s Circle level through the RCC Foundation which promotes higher education and vitality in the Rogue Valley.” - Amanda Kotler, Asante
“I joined the President’s Circle to be involved with members of our community that share in my passion of supporting the valuable services and experiences that RCC provides to our community.” - Ron Goss, Director of RCC's Small Business Development Center
Welcome RCC's new President: Cathy Kemper-Pelle
The Rogue Community College (RCC) Board of Education (Board) named Cathy Kemper-Pelle as RCC’s sixth president.
Dr. Kemper-Pelle was selected from a pool of four finalists who completed extensive two-day interviews on RCC’s three campuses in Jackson and Josephine counties. The Board invited participation and comments from all RCC stakeholders, both on campus and in the community. Candidates met nearly 200 people during their intensive interview processes. The Board thanks faculty, staff, students, and community members for sharing their thoughtful observations and comments.
Since 2011, Dr. Kemper-Pelle has been an institutional leader at at Lee College, a comprehensive multi-campus institution serving more than 7,000 students in suburban, rural and prison settings. Lee College is a nationally recognized Achieving the Dream Leader College, it has also been recognized by both the Aspen Institute and the American Association of Community Colleges for student success, and it was ranked #2 nationally by the Brookings Institute and #9 by SmartAsset in its rankings of the best community college of 2015.
Dr. Kemper-Pelle brings exceptional qualifications to this position. She is a graduate of one of America’s leading graduate programs in community college leadership at the University of Texas, and she currently advises emerging community colleges leaders as a cohort student success mentor at the Roueche Graduate School. She has outstanding academic credentials. She is also a business owner and very active in the communities where she has worked.
Dr. Kemper-Pelle is known as an effective administrator who leads on-campus by being an effective listener and building consensus. Off-campus, she has a reputation for fostering partnerships and relationships with K-12 schools, partner universities, and with business and industry.
RCC Foundation President's Circle
The RCC Foundation is proud to announce our new President’s Circle — a list of individuals and organizations that contributed $1,000 or more to the Foundation over the past year. This is an opportunity to recognize the donors who invest above and beyond in local higher education. We welcome all friends of the Foundation to join this esteemed group!