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July 02, 2012
SALEM -- The Chemeketa Community College Board of Education appointed Betsy Earls to represent West Salem and Polk County at its meeting June 27.
Earls fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Richard Riggs in January.
Earls, who holds a law degree from Willamette University, serves as vice president for Associated Oregon Industries, where she focuses on legislative issues related to education.
Earls said she sought the appointment because, "Employers have a keen interest in community colleges and work force development."
Earls will serve until May 2013, when the position will go before voters for election.
"We are delighted to welcome Betsy to our board," said Ron Pittman, chairman of the Chemeketa Board of Education. "Her experience and knowledge of legislative and educational policy will make a great contribution."
The Chemeketa Board of Education is comprised of seven elected members who represent zones within the Chemeketa district, which covers the counties of Polk, Marion and Yamhill as well as a portion of Linn. The board meets monthly to provide oversight and guide policy and funding at Chemeketa.