2010 District VIII Leadership Award Recipient

Preston PulliamPortland Community College President Preston Pulliams was presented the CASE District VIII’s 2010 Leadership Award at the annual district conference in Portland. The award was presented at the conference’s awards Gala by the chair of the CASE International Board of Trustee, Cassie McVeety.

“There could be no more deserving recipient of a regional CASE leadership award than he,” said Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. “Dr. Pulliams has a vision of access to higher education for anyone who wants in. His passion for this philosophy is one of the reasons I named him to the Oregon Board of Higher Education, where he has proven his leadership time and time again.”

While accepting his award, Dr. Pulliams shared that as a young man, he expected to join his father as a foundry worker. But instead, he became the first in his family to attend college thanks to a scholarship from his local Rotary Club. That first gift of opportunity to go to his local community college inspired Pulliams to make access to higher education the cornerstone of his vision at PCC.

Since joining PCC in 2004, among Dr. Pulliams many notable accomplishments was the passing of a $374 million capital bond measure – the largest educational bond measure in the history of Oregon — to expand their facilities to serve 20,000 additional full-time students.

Over the past five years under his leadership, their Foundation’s annual contributions quadrupled and their endowment more than doubled, despite the recent market downturn. And most importantly, annual scholarship awards more than tripled. All of these efforts focused on the President’s vision that no student be turned away for lack of funds or space.

Dr. Pulliams is an incredible leader,” shared Kristin Watkins, PCC’s Associate Vice President for College Advancement. “His compelling vision and ability to inspire others to help him achieve that vision is what I think makes him most deserving of the CASE Leadership Award.”