Highlights of the President’s Fall Forum
After the Forum, the Board of Education meeting and Benton Center Regional Director Jeff Davis provided some details on the Benton Center’s upcoming Chinook Hall:
The existing Benton Center building will be renamed Washington Hall, while the new building is titled Chinook Hall to represent the Chinook Tribe and Oregon’s State Fish.
The new expansion will add 20,00 square feet of general classrooms and laboratories, 149 car parking spaces and 92 bike parking spots. Purchasing the property from the First Student bus company and construction is estimated to cost $10 million dollars, paid for by voter-approved property tax funds.
After a competitive bidding process, Gerding Builders of Corvallis was chosen as the construction contractor for the expansion.
The Board of Education is recommending installing “District-wide Card Access Security System” on campus doorways as an additional security measure.
President Hamann is planning on requesting one time funding or policy adjustments from the Oregon Legislative Assembly during the short session, including $70 million for community college STEM/CTE programs.
President Greg Hamann will retire from LBCC on 6/30/2020, and LBCC’s Board of Education is forming a Presidential Search Committee. The Committee will work with the Association of Community College Trustees to find and review applicants for the President position. To join the discussion about proper qualifications for LBCC’s President, visit one of the Open Community Forums:
- Albany: Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Calapooia Center, Vineyard Mt. room CC-213
- Lebanon: Nov. 13, Noon-1 p.m., Healthcare Occupations Center, room 150
- Corvallis: Nov. 13, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., LBCC Benton Center, room 204