Office of the President

Office of the President


Welcome from President Keith Flamer


I want to welcome you to College of the Redwoods (CR).

CR is an exceptional learning environment in which students gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. We are committed to providing students an opportunity to achieve their educational goals by offering programs and services designed for students who plan to seek a transfer degree, train for immediate employment or transition to a new career.

I believe that, as a learning community, we strive to deliver quality education while ensuring that our students remain our top priority. We offer an environment that allows students to feel challenged, supported and determined—an environment in which every student can thrive and succeed.

As CR President, I appreciate this opportunity and am excited to work wonderful faculty, staff and students to make a positive change while continuing to make our college successful.

I invite you to visit the Eureka campus or one of our district-wide educational centers or sites. I am confident that when you visit, you will discover what makes College of the Redwoods a first-class comprehensive community college.

President’s Vision and Goals for 2018-19

Goal 1: Accreditation

  • Meet or exceed all ACCJC accreditation standards and eligibility requirements.
  • Respond to recommendations resulting from the Fall 2017 comprehensive accreditation review conducted by the ACCJC.
  • Address the actionable improvement plans delineated in the 2017 Institutional Self Evaluation Report.
  • Improve budget-planning process: priorities, resource allocation, capital, and reserves.
  • Support departmental accreditation efforts (e.g. forestry, dental assisting, etc.).

Goal 2: Fiscal Health

  • Work collaboratively with staff and faculty to provide equitable compensation packages while strengthening the District’s fiscal position.
  • Pursue targeted grants to support District initiatives.
  • Implement the recommendations of the FCMAT and CBT’s report as appropriate.
  • Continue pathway and recruitment work to increase enrollment to a sustainable level.
  • Increase overall fall to fall retention from 89% to 90%; online course success from 71% to 72%; degree completions from 517 to 548; and certificate completion from 167 to 177.

Goal 3: Student access and success, retention, completion, and equity

  • Support initiatives focused on increasing student success, retention, engagement and completion.
  • Support the work of multiple groups across the college to improve student equity and EEO initiatives.

Goal 4: President and Board of Trustees Relationships

  • Ensure a constructive working relationship with the Board of Trustees in general and the President of the Board, in particular.
  • Ensure that Board members are informed and up-to-date on District related issues.
  • Report the District’s achievements to the Board on an annual basis.
  • Engage the Board, as appropriate, in institutional planning, long-range budgeting, education and facility master planning, and related board-level issues.

Goal 5: Community

  • Collaborate with area employers, workforce investment boards, and key stakeholders to provide necessary workforce training and education.
  • Communicate with local and state representatives on issues important to the District.
  • Increase public support for the District through enhanced visibility and community involvement.
  • Continue to explore actions to address student homelessness and food insecurity.

Goal 6: Facilities Collaborate with constituent groups to update the Facilities Master Plan.

  • Provide leadership in the implementation of the final Measure Q projects.
  • Provide the structure, focus, and leadership for Capital Projects.
  • Present a plan to the Board on the use of the vacant buildings on the Eureka Campus by January 8, 2019.

Goal 7: Human Resources

  • Hire high quality, diverse, and talented faculty, staff, and managers.
  • Utilize employee expertise more effectively.
  • Support staff and leadership development programs.

Goal 8: Relationships with Constituency Groups

  • Establish Interest Based Approach (IBA) principles and elements in committee operations, decision-making, and individual problem solving.
  • Foster regular communication opportunities with representatives from constituent groups.

Goal 9: Foundation 

  • Benchmark and develop dashboard measurements for annual and long term fundraising.
  • Implement cooperative activities between departments of the District in pursuit of funding opportunities.
  • Participate in Foundation fundraising activities.

Dr. Keith Flamer

Dr. Keith Flamer was named President/Superintendent of College of the Redwoods effective April 11, 2017. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

As an educational leader, he believes that it is critical to embrace diversity and remain sensitive to the needs of all students. He supports the success of those who may be differently abled or who experience social, cultural and economic orientations and backgrounds different from those experienced by faculty and staff with whom these students interact. He firmly believes that diversity is strength—and that multiculturalism is something to be celebrated, promoted, and cherished.

Over the course of his higher education career he has served in positions as Vice President, Executive Dean, Dean, and Director. He has gained experience working at Colleges and Universities, including College of the Redwoods, McHenry County College and Eastern Washington University. His breadth of experience has provided him with expertise in enrollment management, instruction, student development and support services areas.

He believes that the purpose of education is to contribute to the lives of students by developing critical and expressive thinkers and lifelong learners who are resilient, socially conscious and active citizens. To him, education is about going beyond the students' intellectual skills, seeing each one as a whole and contributing to self-discovery. "It is about giving students opportunities to be challenged and still succeed. We must hold to the belief that all students have the right to be successful, and give all students the opportunity to maximize their potential. In our competitive society it is important for students to not only receive a solid education, but to work with people who are aware of, and sensitive to, their needs."

Keith Flamer

Contact Information

 Cynthia Petrusha
Executive Assistant to the President

 Eureka Campus
Student Services/Administration Building