Established in 2004, the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture and Conference Endowment supports advances professional development for community college leaders. Held each spring on the Oregon State University campus, 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.

Fourteenth Annual Carpenter Lecture

Thursday, March 1st
6:30 to 8pm
Clackamas Community College
Wilsonville Campus
29353 Town Center Loop E
Wilsonville, OR 97070


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

“Trust, the Promise Cycle and Shared Governance”

The leader’s call is to fulfill 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.

View the event poster.

View past Charles Carpenter Lecture series speakers.