Charles E. Carpenter Lecture & Conference Endowment

Established in 2004, the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture and Conference Endowment supports advances in professional development for community college leaders. Held each spring, the Carpenter Lecture features a nationally known speaker on a topic of importance to community colleges. In addition to current students in the community college leadership doctoral program, attendees include northwest community college leaders and members of the OSU community. Moving into its fourteenth year, the Carpenter Event has become a premier professional development event for community college leaders and has significantly advanced Oregon State University’s work in community college leadership.

2018 Speaker: Dr. Joanne Truesdell, President of Clackamas Community College and CCL alumna

This year the Carpenter Lecture will be held March 1st from 6:30-8pm at the Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Campus (29353 Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville, OR 97070).

“Trust, the Promise Cycle and Shared Governance”

The leader’s call is to fulfil the Mission. It is the interconnectedness of the elements of trust, promises and shared governance that support engagement in the mission and the delivery of  the community college promise.

Dr. Joanne Truesdell

Dr. Joanne Truesdell returned to Clackamas Community College as president in 2007 after beginning her academic and career at CCC in the early 1980s. She graduated from CCC with an associate’s degree in business in 1982.

She has nearly 40 years of experience in Oregon community college leadership as a student, staff, faculty member and administrator.

Dr. Truesdell’s knowledge of Oregon's educational opportunities deepened as she earned degrees from Portland State University, the University of Portland and a doctorate in education from Oregon State. Dr. Truesdell has said that the most important degree she earned is her associate’s degree from Clackamas. Without it, she wouldn’t have been able to earn her bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees.

Devoted to providing the best educational opportunities for the community CCC serves, Dr. Truesdell brings an intimate understanding of how all the complex parts of a quality learning environment come together to produce great results.


Past Speakers

2017 Daniel Solorzano, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles


2016 Betty Duvall, Professor Emerita, Oregon State University

2015 Jamie Callahan, a Professor of Human Resource Development in the School of Education at Drexel University

2014 Edward J. Ray, President, Oregon State University

2013 Richard Wagoner, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of California, Los Angeles

2012 Camille Preus, Commissioner of the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Developmment of Oregon

2011 Preston Pulliams, President, Portland Community College

2010 Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College

2009 John “Ski” Sygielski, President, Mount Hood Community College

2008 Linda Barry, Vice President, Merritt College; Susan Kostick, Vice President, Edmonds Community College; Jim Sorensen, President, Treasure Valley Community College

2007 Ron Baker, Executive Vice President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

2006 Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, President, Institute of American Indian Arts

2005 George Boggs, President, American Association of Community Colleges