Clackamas Community College selects Jo Crenshaw as new board member

On Feb. 21, Clackamas Community College selected a new board member who is well known for operating McDonalds restaurants and becoming the first African American president of the Oregon City Rotary Club.

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Jo Crenshaw, center, won a Women In Leadership and Management Award from the chamber of commerce in 2019.

In pushing for Jo Crenshaw’s appointment, CCC board member Rob Wheeler called her a “strong supporter of this college for years, served on the foundation board for many years, a staunch member of the community.”

Crenshaw will take the seat vacated by former CCC Board member Chris Groener who resigned his position and on Dec. 20 was officially vacated from his seat representing Oregon City. The board put out a call for volunteers and received six applications for the open position by their Jan. 29 deadline.

Wheeler noted that Crenshaw became a “consensus second choice for all of us.” Candidates were interviewed on Feb. 12 by a reduced group of directors, as two directors were unable to attend, and Leticia Sainz was selected and offered the position.

But the board was put in the unusual position of needing to fill a vacancy twice in one month.

“At this point Leticia has had some time to think about it and upon further consideration she has decided to not accept the appointment, technically a resignation, however you wish to characterize it,” said Kathy Hyzy, board chair, during the board’s Feb. 21 meeting.

Board members then asked what procedure they needed to follow to appoint a new member. Kattie Riggs, CCC executive assistant, was on hand to answer those questions.

“You can entertain lots of options and then maybe decide on an option tonight,” Riggs told board members during the meeting. “You are not necessarily required to open it up to more applicants. All your policy says is that you will decide on a process on how to fill that vacancy. It does not say that you have to open up the application process again.”

Board members ultimately decided to move forward with another candidate due to Saintz’s turning down the position.

“I personally would be reluctant to make this a longer process than we need. Having been interviewed for positions before, I know how nerve wracking it is. If there’s something that the board feels we would get out of bringing people back and asking them questions in front of us again, I’m open to that. I’m not certain that there’s more information to be gained about the candidates,” Hyzy told the board.

Wheeler, a CCC Board member representing Happy Valley, turned the discussion to previously interviewed applicant Crenshaw.

“I’ve known Jo for years through the Chamber of Commerce, and I just think she’s a staunch advocate for the college and has been for many years,” Wheeler said.

Each member of the board spoke in turn and approved of Crenshaw for appointment to the board.

“I’m very easy with that,” Hyzy said. “I think, as has already been stated, she’s a wonderful contributor to the community. She’s given to the college for many years. And she brings valuable perspective. You could say that about many of the applicants. I think what we’re really saying tonight is we feel like she’s the person for now, not the only person, but the person that we would like to ask to join us at this point in time.”

Crenshaw was informed of the board’s nomination and has accepted the position as the interim board member. After taking the oath of office at the board’s March 20 meeting, she will have to run in the May 2025 election if she wants to keep her seat.

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