- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - Umpqua Community College has named Debra Thatcher as its new president, filling a post that had been handled on an interim basis since Joe Olson retired last summer.

Thatcher comes from New York, where she spent two years as president of SUNY-Cobleskill before becoming a research fellow at that school. She’s been offered a salary of $173,000 and is expected to start in July.

Umpqua has had two interim presidents since Olson retired. Rita Cavin was president during last fall’s school shooting, when a 26-year-old gunman fatally shot nine people before killing himself.

She left in January and was replaced by Walter Nolte.


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