Annemarie Hamlin named vice-president of academic affairs of the COCC


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Central Oregon Community College announced that following a national search, the college has selected Annemarie E. Hamlin, Ph.D., former dean of education at the COCC, to assume the role of vice-president of business studies.

One of the COCC’s three vice-presidents, Hamlin took up her new position on July 11.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs is the academic director of the COCC, reports to the President, and is a member of the President’s leadership team. The position is responsible for the overall direction of all academic programs, as well as faculty recruitment and development.

“Annemarie brings incredible leadership and a deep understanding of community colleges to this position, with insightful experience in transfer training and career and technical programs, among other strengths,” said Dr. Laurie Chesley, COCC President. “We are extremely fortunate to have his academic vision, his strength in forging community and educational partnerships, and his dedication to serving and advocating for all people.”

A former professor of humanities, department chair and dean of education at the COCC, Hamlin brings to her new appointment a wealth of higher education experience in teaching and administration. In college since 2007 and a COCC faculty member for 18 years, she served as Department Chair from 2015-2019 and most recently served as Dean of Education at the COCC.

Hamlin has had an impact on a number of large-scale initiatives focused on student success at the COCC, such as helping to roll out the college’s $2.25 million Title III federal grant, aimed at increasing student retention rates, and co-chairing a student experience group for the current COCC. strategic plan.

She has worked with the region’s leading accrediting agencies, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, to ensure that the specific accreditation-based curriculum at the COCC meets important criteria and standards, and helped design and implement a district high school teacher training structure aimed at providing college credits to high school students.

Hamlin was a member of the Executive Committee of the Associated English Departments of the Modern Language Association and also chaired the Community College Committee of the MLA. She is a past chair of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission Oversight Committee for High School College Credit Partnerships and served as Vice President of the Pacific Western Division of the National Community College Humanities Association.

Prior to joining the COCC, Hamlin held faculty positions at La Sierra University and Mt. San Antonio College; her teaching career spans 26 years. She received her MA and PhD in English from Claremont Graduate School and her BA in English and French from Pacific Union College.

A committed advocate and ally of underrepresented populations, and a key designer of the college’s anti-racism educational training, Hamlin is a past recipient of the COCC’s Diversity Achievement Award. She serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit MountainStar Family Relief Nursery in central Oregon, is a Leadership Bend alumna, and has completed the Oregon Executive Leadership Academy at the Oregon Association of Community Colleges.


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