I am writing in support of David Ford’s re-election to the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors. I have known Ford for more than 22 years, and I am familiar with his professional expertise and personal character. He is a strong, principled leader with a practical approach to problem solving. He cares about our community.

Currently, Ford and I serve on the OSU-Cascades Board of Advisors together. A key priority for us is maintaining consistency with COCC during OSU-Cascades transition to four-year status. This partnership is important for both OSU-Cascades and COCC. In addition, COCC is working to enhance and expand partnerships with local school districts and other educational agencies, such as the High Desert Education District. Ford supports these valuable efforts to better serve local students and families.

COCC is in a strong position now with recent campus expansions, new programmatic offerings and a solid fiscal position. The current COCC board is strong and serves the community well. They have deftly handled the issues and opportunities related to tremendous growth over the past few years. Let’s continue the good work. Re-elect David Ford to the COCC Board of Directors.

John Rexford