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Clatsop Community College board member resigns for job move

Wingard took a position as a land use planner covering the southern Willamette Valley and tendered his resignation to the college Sunday.
By Edward Stratton

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 25, 2017 8:51AM

Patrick Wingard

Patrick Wingard

The Clatsop Community College Board is looking to replace Patrick Wingard, who resigned after taking a new position in Eugene.

Wingard, a land use planner and North Coast representative with the state Department of Land Conservation and Development, took a similar position covering the southern Willamette Valley and tendered his resignation to the college Sunday.

He was appointed in 2012 to replace Stephen Berk, who resigned to resume teaching at the college. He ran unopposed for election in 2013 and defeated Pamela Mattson McDonald for re-election in May. He is from Zone 2 covering Astoria and unincorporated communities in John Day, Lewis and Clark and Olney-Walluski.

“It was incredibly eye-opening and educational for me in regards to how important community colleges are to the local economy,” Wingard said of his five years on the college board.

“I wanted to bring an open mind, and one that placed the community’s values front and center in my decision-making.”

Wingard helped oversee the hiring of President Christopher Breitmeyer, along with the college’s bond measure last year to rebuild Patriot Hall.

Wingard was part of a unanimous college board vote last year against selling the Performing Arts Center, a popular community performance space the college owns but no longer uses academically, to an undisclosed housing developer. He had previously voted with a majority of the board to declare the adjacent Josie Peper Building surplus property, a first step for a public entity looking to sell property.

“How to ensure those properties serve the community in the highest and best use” will be a major issue for the college moving forward, he said.

Another big issue Wingard pointed to is the potential acquisition of the Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station campus at South Tongue Point from the Department of State Lands.

“Accreditation is coming up,” Wingard said of the full-scale evaluation of the college by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The college has been accredited since 1965 and was last re-accredited in 2011. Staff have been continually preparing for the commission’s accreditation teams returning in 2019.

The college will accept letters of interest and resumes through November from candidates in Zone 2 who are registered voters and have been a resident within the district for one year. Submit applications to the president’s office on the main campus at 1651 Lexington Ave. in Astoria.

The college board will review applications in December and potentially make a decision Dec. 12.


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