UCC Enters Negotiations with Potential Interim President
Umpqua Community College in Roseburg is looking for a new interim president. Wednesday the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enter into contract negotiations with a former community college president who has experience with campus tragedy.
Dr. Walter Nolte began his 30-year education career in Tacoma, Washington. In 2004 he was appointed president of Casper College in Wyoming. He left that position earlier this year.
In 2012 Dr. Nolte led Casper College through a violent tragedy when an attacker killed two instructors on campus.
Spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says when Dr. Nolte heard about the October 1st shootings at UCC, he contacted the school to offer support.
Levis:”Dr. Nolte reached out to the search consultant and said, ‘What can I do? Can I come? Can I volunteer my time? Can I help with whatever?’”
Levis says managing the UCC budget and financial position are important tasks for the next interim president. She says Nolte is up for the job.
Dr. Nolte is retired—he’s made clear he’ll only serve through the transition. Current interim president Dr. Rita Cavin will stay at the school until a replacement is secured. The UCC Board of Trustees will begin looking for a permanent president in December.