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Dr. Debra Thatcher Named As New President Of UCC

Umpqua Community College

Umpqua Community College has named Dr. Debra Thatcher as its next president. The UCC Board of Trustees announced their decision Monday.

Thatcher is a research fellow at State University of New York, Cobleskill. She was acting president there for two years. Thatcher was one of 2 finalists from an original pool of 47.

UCC has had two interim presidents since Joseph Olsen retired last June. Rita Cavin saw the college through the mass shooting last October. Walter Nolte has been interim president for the last few months. The board is still in talks with Thatcher about when she’ll start. They’ve offered her a $173 thousand starting salary.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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