The Clackamas Community College (CCC) Board of Education appointed Chris Groener to represent zone 4. The position has been vacant since longtime board member Chuck Clemans died in a car accident in December.
“Last week, the Clackamas Community College Board Vacancy Subcommittee had the privilege of interviewing two wonderful applicants to represent Zone 4,” said board chairwoman Jane Reid. “Both have attended community colleges, are strong and passionate community leaders, and are well qualified for the position. This was not an easy decision.”
Groener attended CCC where his father Ralph Groener served on the board in the 1970s. He transferred to Portland State University and was president of Associated Students and served on both the Oregon Student Foundation and the PSU Alumni Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Oregon City Planning Commission and works as a union representative for UFCW Local 555. He has a range of legislative experiences and a strong grasp of public policy.
The three-person subcommittee who interviewed the candidates valued Groener’s experience with student leadership and the perspective he will bring to the board, Reid said.
Jo Crenshaw, who also applied for the position, is an area businesswoman with strong ties to the college. She serves on the CCC Foundation Board of Directors and was past president and a member of the executive committee.
Groener’s appointment to the board continues through June 30, 2013, following the next board election. At that time he may run for election for the position to fulfill the remainder of the unexpired term, ending in 2015.
For more information, please call Shelly Parini at 503-594-3015.