Chemeketa Community College has promoted David Hallett to be vice president of governance and administration. Hallett had been the executive dean of general education and transfer studies at the college. He replaces Andrew Bone who retires from the position November 30.

In an email to staff, Chemeketa President Julie Huckestein said, “David has a broad base of experience and skills that will benefit our employees, students and community members.”

Huckestein added, “I am pleased to welcome David to his new role and look forward to working with him even more closely.”

Dr. Hallett has been with Chemeketa since 2006 and has over 22 years of teaching and executive level experience in higher education. Prior to joining Chemeketa, he served as president of a multi-campus, private career college in Oregon where he also held the positions of vice president for academic affairs as well as program director/faculty for the Legal Studies department.

As a first generation college student who grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York, Hallett obtained an A.A.S. degree from a local community college and earned a B.A. in English, cum laude, from the State University of New York. This early foundation in higher education positioned him well for the rigors of law school where he earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Akron, ultimately practicing law in Pennsylvania and teaching as a professor of legal research and writing at Penn State University before moving with his family to Oregon.

Hallett is passionate that access to a quality education should not be relegated to those of privilege; rather it must be equitably available for all. This philosophy is what fueled his decision to leave the practice of law and become a full-time educator.

“I have a strong belief that education is the key to a better future for everyone,” said Hallett. “I’m excited to continue past collaborations and engage in new ones that will ensure we are all working as one college serving the needs of every student.”


Greg Harris
Public Information Officer
Chemeketa Community College

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