It’s easy to see why, after eight months winnowing through a field of 44 applicants, Columbia Gorge Community College’s board of education unanimously picked Dr. Marta Yera Cronin as CGCC’s president. In person she is passionate, sincere and informed, with a “can do” attitude and a wealth of experience to back it up.
When she agreed to take the position in March, she was serving as vice president of academic affairs at Indian River State College in Florida. During her tenure there, Indian River was twice selected as a finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
In making the announcement in March, the board noted her experience in innovating new programs, working with a diverse student population and in securing $12 million in grants during a time of tight budgets.
Cronin is fluent in three languages. She studied French as an undergraduate at the University of Miami, earned her master’s in reading from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, and received a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Sarasota (now Argosy University-Sarasota) ,Florida.
Before moving to Indian River, she taught French, Spanish and reading in public high schools. At Indian River, Cronin helped develop a teacher education bachelor’s degree program, helped reform math instruction, and convened 11 Florida colleges to collaborate on an $8.3 million federal grant.
Cronin took office at CGCC on July 1. To hear our interview with her, click on the grey podcast bar below: