RCCF President's Circle

Welcome RCC's new President: Cathy Kemper-Pelle

RCCs New president Cathy Kemper-PelleThe 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!

RCC has over 17,000 area residents taking classes this year. We offer 80 degree and certificate programs with small classes and personal attention at our three campus locations in Josephine and Jackson counties. There are demands in the work place for more of certain kinds of trained employees than RCC can produce right now. We are working hard to secure funds to expand those programs, which tend to be in the medical and manufacturing fields.
Research indicates the number one reason people donate to causes is because they are asked to donate, and the number one reason they do not is because they are not asked. Southern Oregon is a wonderful place to live, with majestic outdoor beauty and activities. But our young adults and unemployed or underemployed citizens need our support to help them find steady, living wage jobs. I am asking you to please help them and donate to the RCC Foundation. Your gift will impact the lives of many, for generations to come.
All gifts, at any level, help support students at Rogue Community College.



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The Rogue Community College Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to serve the needs of Rogue Community College and RCC students. The Foundation was created to receive and administer donations to:

  • Endowment funds
  • Scholarship funds
  • Special college projects
  • Fundraising

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