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Cam Preus, Executive Director

John Wykoff, Deputy Director

Karen Smith, General Counsel

Katie Archambault, Interim Operations Manager

Elizabeth Cox Brand, Executive Director, Student Success Center

Petrina Bigford, Administrative Assistant



260 13th St NE 

Salem, OR 97301

(503) 399-9912



The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) represents the seventeen publicly chartered community colleges and their locally elected board members.

Founded in 1962, OCCA is an association whose purpose is to support the colleges before policy-makers and partners whose actions affect the well-being of community colleges across the state.


To advocate, communicate, and collaborate in order to strengthen community colleges for the benefit of Oregonians.

OCCA Hires New Executive Director

The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) is proud to announce Dr. Cam Preus as its next Executive Director.

“Cam brings an unparalleled level of knowledge, experience and passion for Oregon community colleges and their mission,” said OCCA Board President Denise Frisbee. “We are delighted to have an incoming Executive Director who has provided critical leadership on community college and workforce issues at both the state and local level."

Preus will leave her current position as President of Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, which she has held since 2013. Prior leading BMCC, Preus served as the Commissioner and Director of the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD), a position she held for nearly 14 years.

In addition to those leadership positions, she served under three Oregon Governors on issues related to workforce and post-secondary education.

“Cam has a well-deserved reputation across the state as an outstanding leader, advocate and administrator,” Frisbee said. “She is ideally suited to take the organization to the next level.”

As Executive Director of OCCA, Preus will represent all 17 of Oregon’s community colleges as the primary voice on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level, advocate state-level leadership for student success efforts, and foster partnerships to further community college interests.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as President of BMCC these past five years,” Preus said. “Now I look forward to the exciting challenges ahead in advocating the collective interests of all 17 Oregon community colleges.”

In her role leading CCWD and Blue Mountain, Preus worked closely with OCCA and colleges across the state for nearly 20 years.

“We know Cam will be able to hit the ground running,” Frisbee said.

Upcoming Meetings and Events


22: 2019 Legislative Session Begins

31: OPC Meeting, Salem, TBD


1: CTE Day, State Capitol Building, Salem, OR

1: OPC Meeting, Salem, TBD

1: OCCA Board Meeting, Salem, TBD

11-13: ACCT National Legislative Summit, Washington, D.C.


6-7: OCCA Legislative Summit, Salem Convention Center


TBD: All-Oregon Academic Team Luncheon, Salem Convention Center


TBD: OPC Meeting, Salem, TBD

TBD: OCCA Board Meeting, TBD