Portland, Oregon (July 1, 2013)- Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) announces effective on July 1, 2013 that Josh Todd will serve as its sixth Executive Director since forming in 1996. Todd has served as Interim Executive Director since January 2013.
ORCC, one of 35 state affiliates of national Campus Compact, represents 18 colleges and universities in Oregon committed to deepening the public purpose of higher education. Nationally, over 1,200 college and university presidents are members of Campus Compact, serving close to 6 million students. Motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world, ORCC drives higher education to increase student participation in civic life as a means to improve not only their educational outcomes but also the health of their communities.
Todd has served Multnomah County for over 11 years, most recently as the Director of the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community, and before that, as the County’s Youth Development Coordinator where he was instrumental in building the effectiveness of the Multnomah Youth Commission. Todd served in AmeriCorps with the Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium from 1997-1998. Todd’s career has focused on building the capacity of systems and individuals to address pressing social problems from violence, overrepresentation in the foster care system, and high rates of hunger in Oregon.
As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, I believe ORCC is well-positioned to help higher education attract, retain, and graduate more students, especially students of color and first generation students by expanding community-engaged learning experiences on every member campus,“ said Todd.
ORCC Board Chair and President of Concordia University, Dr. Charles Schlimpert said of the board’s decision,
Mr. Todd came to Oregon Campus Compact at just the right time. The Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his appointment following a brief stint as Interim Executive Director. His experience in creating community service opportunities is a perfect match for the Compact.”
Since becoming Interim Director on January 27, Todd has convened ORCC’s first presidential dinner in over ten years, the agency’s first-ever fundraiser (bringing in over $12,000.00 and 75 new donors), and recruited one new member campus and one new college president to the ORCC board.
Todd will focus his efforts on increasing ORCC’s donor base (the organization incorporated as a
501(c)(3) two years ago) and strengthening the value proposition for colleges and university to maintain and join membership. Todd said,
ORCC campus members currently serve 75% of Oregon’s undergraduate population but I believe we can and must do better. The positive impacts of community-engaged teaching and learning should be available to every student and community in Oregon. That is my goal.”
A welcome reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 from 5:00-7:45pm at Helium Comedy Club (1510 SE 9th Ave) with entertainment by Adam Ferrara starting at 8:00pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ORCC. To learn more about ORCC or to donate contact Josh Todd, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-406-3575, or visit www.oregoncampuscompact.org.