State of Oregon honors new Seattle Central President Dr. Mildred Ollee

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski honored Dr. Mildred W. Ollée for her many accomplishments by proclaiming July 22 "Mildred W. Ollée Day" in the State of Oregon. Ollée, who recently accepted a new position as president of Seattle Central Community College, has served as the executive dean of Portland Community College’s (PCC) Cascade Campus since 1995.

Ollée will start her new job at Seattle Central Community College on September 2. While at PCC, she managed a campus that doubled in student enrollment, from 8,400 to 15,500, as well as the Cascade Open Campus, which extends from south of Newberg to Columbia County. She has nurtured the largest capital expansion project in the history of the Cascade Campus.

"Mildred W. Ollée has been an outstanding citizen in the Oregon community, bringing over 25 years of experience in the community college sector forward to the benefit of the people of Portland and our state; and has conducted such work and enterprise with vision, warmth, extraordinary insight and a special joy," the Governor’s proclamation stated.

Ollée has received numerous commendations, including the Earl Norman Leadership Award, the Central Alumni Award of Seattle University, the Award for Excellence in Administration from the American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges, the Benefit Guild Outstanding Service Award, and a listing in "Who’s Who in Black America."

Seattle Central Community College was recently named a "College of the Year" by TIME Magazine based upon its unique culture of multiculturalism and high quality instruction. The College, which served 20,544 students last year, was established in 1966 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.