Contract finalized for new president

The contract to make Cheryl Roberts the next president at Shoreline Community College is finalized.

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Cheryl Roberts speaks during an open forum Friday, April 11, 2014

Contract discussions began following the Board of Trustees’ unanimous April 21, 2014 decision to offer Roberts the job. Details were recently completed with Roberts signing the pact which will now go to the trustees for the formality of signing at the June board meeting.

“I’m very excited to have this piece of the process out of the way and be able to focus on the transition to serving the students, communities and partners of Shoreline,” Roberts said. “I want to thank the trustees and all who participated in the thorough and thoughtful process that is bringing me to this dynamic college.”

Under the three-year contract, Roberts will be paid $200,000 a year. Roberts will receive a set amount to help defray expenses related to moving from the Salem, Ore-area where she is now President at Chemeketa Community College. She’ll also get another six days of annual leave beyond the normal amount stipulated for administrative-exempt employees at the college.

Roberts’ start date will be Aug. 18, 2014 while Campbell’s current contract runs through June 30. His agreement is likely to be extended to help make for a seamless transition and Campbell has said he would stay until Roberts arrives.

During the transition, Liaw, Campbell and Roberts stressed that the objective is to continue to serve students, make progress on the existing strategic initiatives and move the college forward based on the vision, mission and core themes.

“The administrators, staff and faculty at Shoreline are second to none,” Liaw said. “As a board, our goal was to find a leader who can work with our incredible Shoreline community and continue to build this institution to the benefit of our students. While to some a transition can be unsettling, there should be no question about the direction of this college.”

Campbell reiterated that sentiment, saying he will stay focused on immediate tasks and smooth transition.

“I’m proud of the role I’ve been able to play – along with faculty, staff and my fellow administrators – in the success this college has in serving students,” Campbell said. “I will continue to be focused on the significant and important work at hand while also coordinating with the board and incoming president Roberts to assure this transition is as smooth as possible.”

Roberts added that the focused attitude illustrates why she wanted the job in the first place.

“The drive, commitment to students and excellence and sense of community are what drew me to Shoreline,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to joining such a dedicated and innovative group. Together, we can continue to grow from the great work that has been done and dive into the work that lay before us with confidence of direction and support.”

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