College directors, mission and
Our Vision as an Institution: Become the first option of choice for education and training in the communities we serve. 2011-12 Board of Education: Charleen Cobb, Chair Dr. Ernie Keller, Vice-Chair Charlotte Arnold
Our Core Values: • Respect for the Individual • Community Focus • Integrity • Excellence • Commitment to Learning • Service Before Self
Dave Fenwick M.D. Van Valkenburgh Stu Watson Dr. James Willcox
Welcome and appreciation Welcome, Charlotte Arnold Charlotte Arnold joined the board of education in July 2011 representing Hood River County, where she was born and raised. She attended Oregon State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Charlotte Arnold Portland State University in 1972. Charlotte has had a diverse career as a teacher, dance instructor, business owner, marketing director and fashion consultant. She founded MidColumbia School of Dance Arts (now Columbia Gorge Dance Academy) in 1975, and she continues to teach students of all ages. Charlotte’s husband, Richard, was formerly the Hood River County surveyor and director of Public Works. They have been married 40 years and are especially proud of their three grown children, each of whom has multiple degrees and successful careers. CGCC is pleased to welcome Charlotte to the board.
Our appreciation to Christie Reed After more than ten years of service on the board of education, Christie Reed retired in June 2011. Christie was first an ad hoc member of the board when Hood River was annexed into the college Christie Reed district, and then was elected to two four-year terms. Christie has a passion for continuing education in our community, and this commitment was evident in her time on the board. Christie’s vision and leadership helped drive CGCC to accomplish many key milestones, including the decision to seek independent accreditation, establishing the nursing program, developing the renewable energy technology program, constructing the Health and Sciences Building in The Dalles, constructing the Hood River-Indian Creek Campus, as well as countless other college and community-focused projects.
Our College Mission: Columbia Gorge Community College builds dreams and transforms lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community.