Oregon's largest community college is getting a new president. Officials at Portland Community College say they've offered the job to Jeremy Brown - the former president of Dowling College on Long Island and Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

The college hopes to have a final contract in place in the next few weeks.

The vice chair of PCC's board, Deanna Palm, describes Brown as a strong leader.

"Somebody that has an ability to lead and move the college forward under difficult budgetary constraints. So, someone that's an innovator, that sees opportunities," Palm said.

Brown was fired from his position at Dowling College last September. He was one of several presidents to cycle through there quickly, in a time of financial difficulty.

PCC board member Deanna Palm says Brown's references gave him "glowing" reviews.

PCC's two other finalists are presidents of community colleges in California. Brown is set to succeed Preston Pulliams, who is retiring after nine years as PCC president.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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