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Dr. Preston Pulliams
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Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) seeks a president familiar with, dedicated to, and appreciative of rural values, and committed to enhancing the educational, economic, and cultural quality of life of the residents of Eastern Oregon. Established in 1962, BMCC is a comprehensive learning environment with an annualized FTE of about 2,000, with a total headcount of approximately 7,400 students in credit and non-credit programs. BMCC offers 80 associate degree and certificate programs.

The College is proud of its connection to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation through select on-site services, and has strong relationships with the 21 local school districts in its service area, with robust early college credit offerings. In addition, BMCC provides educational programming to three local correctional institutions, and uses distance education learning modalities to serve residents of the region.


BMCC’s main campus is located in Pendleton, Ore. (population 17,000), about 200 miles equidistant from Portland, Ore., Spokane, Wash., and Boise, Idaho. The nearest metropolitan area is about 65 miles away. BMCC serves residents in four center locations, as well as two additional locations in neighboring counties. The economy of eastern Oregon and the five-county service area (18,000 square miles) primarily depends on agriculture, but also has a growing technology industry with the opening of data centers along the Columbia River and the designation of a local Unmanned Aerial System test site in Pendleton.

BMCC’s constituents come from diverse walks of life, are proud of their small-town values, historical traditions, educational, cultural and recreational activities, and close-knit relationships with the College. BMCC expects its next president to genuinely engage, respect, and embrace the local populace and its culture, while simultaneously looking for ways to ensure future regional prosperity. This presidency is a high-visibility, community pillar position, and its incumbent is expected to participate in college activities, community events and support local establishments.


The President of Blue Mountain Community College will be a leader committed to successfully addressing the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Continue to position the College as the premier provider of workforce training by recognizing thriving industry needs and developing vibrant workforce partnerships.
  • Continue to expand the College’s relationship with K-12 partners throughout the region and continue to establish the College as the place of academic excellence.
  • Continue to lead the College commitment to a “Students First” mission that promotes student success, retention and the completion of their academic and career goals.
  • Address the lack of adequate funding from the State which causes student tuition to increase and could make our College less accessible.
  • Prepare for approaching faculty and staff retirements while meeting the needs of new incoming faculty and staff members.
  • Assist the College in assessing and establishing the proper and effective level of service for each of its regional centers, recognizing the unique community aspects of each location.
  • Promote the value of a community college education to policy makers, legislators and the public. 


The Blue Mountain Community College Board of Education seeks a qualified leader who possesses personal and professional characteristics and experiences consistent with the following profile:

  • A visionary and strategic thinker and planner
  • A person who has demonstrated community engagement experiences and the ability to develop and foster relationships with community members and partners
  • The ability to inspire and lead a diverse organization in developing and implementing strategic initiatives
  • An inspirational and personable leader who is also a good public speaker and instills confidence
  • A team builder who seeks consensus in decision making and initiates shared governance
  • A strong communicator
  • Someone who has had experience with successful student success and workforce development initiatives
  • An individual with a comprehensive professional background and experiences
  • An individual with experience with fundraising


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years successful experience in a senior management/executive level position


  • Doctorate degree
  • Diversified background in areas such as finance, higher education and/or community engagement


BMCC is an equal opportunity employer & educator. For full EEO disclosure statement, please click here.