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Tillamook Bay Community College Welcomes a New President

This week, the Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) Board of Education held a meeting on January 8 where they unanimously approved Dr. Paul Jarrell as the new President of TBCC. Dr. Jarrell will be taking over as President of TBCC for President Ross Tomlin, who will be retiring after seven years of service to the college.

The Board of Education extended their gratitude to President Tomlin and acknowledged his dedication to the college’s growth and success, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to the college’s students and the local community.

Dr. Jarrell has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon and 30 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, Dean, and Vice President. Prior to his employment at TBCC, he was the Executive Vice President of Lane Community College.

Dr. Jarrell has been at TBCC for a year and a half as the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. When asked about his approval as President from the Board, Dr. Jarrell said, “I am deeply honored and humbled to be chosen as the next President of TBCC, and I couldn’t be happier. I feel such a strong connection to this college and community; I look forward to working together to make TBCC the best place to work and learn.”

A key member of TBCC’s Leadership Team, Dr. Jarrell has helped kickstart the Nursing program, contributed to the designs of the new Healthcare Education Building, and led initiatives to grow workforce development programs that emphasize internships and apprenticeship growth in the trades.

Commenting on the transition, President Tomlin said, “I am very excited that Paul will be succeeding me as President. We are fortunate to have someone who knows and loves the college and has been doing excellent work here. I know the college will be in excellent hands and will continue to flourish into the future.”

Dr. Jarrell will succeed to the President’s office on February 9, 2024, after a brief transition period with President Tomlin.

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