CCC Board Member Steps Down to ‘Make Room’ for Diversity

Betty Reynolds has resigned from the Clackamas Community College Board of Education after representing the West Linn/Wilsonville area since 2019. The board passed a declaration of board vacancy for the zone during its July 15 regular meeting.

In Reynolds’ resignation, she cited her desire to “make room” on the board for greater diversity. She acknowledged the college’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion and urged the board to fill her seat with a person of color, which the board has indicated support of.

“The national conversation about social justice is also a powerful reminder that community colleges provide affordable, accessible pathways to college, career, and family-wage jobs,” Reynolds wrote. “This moment represents an opportunity to be nimble in training and retraining the workforce, and what this college can provide to our local employers and community.

“The challenges presented by this moment are clear, and perspectives of communities of color are needed. Those leaders can only come forward now if space is created, and I believe that the time is right for me to make room at the table.”

During her time on the board, Reynolds was active in college events and activities, and she worked steadfastly to advocate for community colleges at both the state and federal levels.

CCC President Tim Cook thanked Reynolds for her service and commended her for relinquishing her seat to “create space for us to attempt to bring diversity to the college’s top leaders.”

Applications for the vacant position will be accepted until 5 p.m., July 30, 2020. For more information about the position and to apply, visit For questions, contact Denice Bailey at 503-594-3012 or

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