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volunteers serving our college and community

Board of Education Members

Seven volunteers are elected to the Chemeketa Board of Education from zones in our district to govern the college.

Board Member Functions

Chemeketa Board of Education members serve the college and our community in a number of ways.

  • Approve the college vision and mission statements
  • Hire and supervise the college president
  • Approve policies
  • Approve major expenditures
  • Approve the annual budget in cooperation with the college Budget Committee
  • Represent the college at hundreds of events each year

Chemeketa Community College Board of Education Diversity Statement

Board of Education Diversity Statement


Chemeketa Board of Education Members

Front Row/Sitting (L-R): Ed Dodson, Ron Pittman, Ken Hector
Back Row/Standing (L-R): Jackie Franke, Neva Hutchinson, Betsy Earls, Diane Watson, Betsy Earls

Chemeketa District Zones

Board members district map


  • Zone One: Ed Dodson

    Central & South Salem

    Cell: 503.910.9892

    Ed Dodson was first elected to the Chemeketa Board of Education in 1999. Ed brings the Board more than forty years of educational experience as a teacher, counselor and administrator in the Salem–Keizer Public School District.

    He has also been active in other educational organizations, including serving on the MidWillamette Educational Consortium Executive Council from 2007-2010 and the Willamette Education Service District Education Board from 2005-2007.

  • Zone Two: Ron Pittman

    Yamhill County

    Cell: 503.434.0231

    Ron Pittman graduated from Oregon State University and worked in local farming and agribusiness services for over 40 years.

    In addition to his service on the Chemeketa Board of Education, Ron has been a member of local school boards and educational service district boards.

  • Zone Three: Neva Hutchinson

    North Salem & Keizer

    Home: 503.581.9948

    Neva Hutchinson was elected to the Chemeketa Board of Education in 2015 after serving several terms on the college Budget Committee. Prior to her service to Chemeketa, Neva has been a member of the Salem-Keizer Public School District Board.

  • Zone Four: Ken Hector

    South & East Marion County, Linn County

    Cell: 503.551.3577

    Ken Hector brings extensive private and public sector experience to the Chemeketa Board of Education.

    Ken’s business credentials include operating food and beverage establishments, management positions with insurance programs and directing community outreach and governmental affairs for Silverton Health.

    His public sector service includes Silverton City Council, WESD Board and the SEDCOR Board.

  • Zone Five: Jackie Franke

    East Salem

    Cell: 503.999.2761

    Jackie Franke’s career as a non-profit consultant gives her a breadth of experience to contribute to the Chemeketa Board of Education.

  • Zone Six: Diane Watson

    Keizer, Woodburn & N. Marion County

    Home: 503.393.8160

    Diane Watson’s career as a community college administrator provides her with a deep understanding of the policy issues facing Chemeketa. Diane has served on numerous higher education committees and task forces, and she has an educational doctorate (ED.D) from the University of Northern Colorado.

  • Zone Seven: Betsy Earls

    West Salem & Polk County

    Cell: 503.508.0330

    Betsy Earls is the Manager of Oregon Public Affairs for Wyerhaeuser Company. Betsy works with legislation affecting timber and land use. She is a graduate of Willamette University Law School and has practiced law since 2002.