PCC Board Leaders Named

8/30/2016, 4:42 p.m.
The Portland Community College Board of Directors has appointed their new chair and vice chair.
Kali Thorne-Ladd takes the oath of office as vice-chair of the Portland Community College Board of Directors. PCC Interim President Sylvia Kelley (left) led the Aug. 18 ceremony.

The Portland Community College Board of Directors has named Gene Pitts, a high tech executive, as chair and Kali Thorne-Ladd, an education leader from Portland’s black community, as vice chair.

Pitts, a technical marketing director at Intel Corp., was first elected to the board in 2009 representing southwest Portland and Washington and Yamhill counties. He graduated from Clemson University with bachelor and master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering and has more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech sector.

Thorne-Ladd was appointed to the board in 2012 and elected in 2013. She represents north Portland and portions of Columbia County and serves as co-founder of KairosPDX, which is a non-profit organization focused on equity and access to quality early learning opportunities.

Thorne-Ladd formerly worked as the education strategies director for the Portland mayor's office. In addition, she is a board member with Camp Fire USA, Portland Leadership Foundation and is a steering committee member with the Cradle to Career Initiative. She holds a master's degree in education policy and management from Harvard University.

The PCC Board governs the college, which includes selecting the president, approving the hiring of other staff and faculty, approving the college budget and establishing school policies.