Office of the President

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The President/Superintendent is the chief administrative officer of the Redwoods Community College District and oversees the College of the Redwoods administration. Dr. Keith Flamer is the 7th President of CR, joining a diverse group of leaders.


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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. 

Dr. Keith Flamer

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The Student Services/Administration building on the Eureka Campus is named after College of the Redwoods' first president, Dr. Eugene Portugal.

Keith Flamer

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.

President's 2020-21 Goals

  • Meet or exceed all ACCJC accreditation standards and eligibility requirements.
  • Address the actionable improvement plans delineated in the 2017 Institutional Self Evaluation Report.
  • Support departmental accreditation efforts (e.g. forestry, dental assisting, career education, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Continue to increase and maintain efficiencies and reallocate resources in college operations.
  • Meet or exceed the District's Vision for Success Goals and Institutional Effectiveness Scorecard targets.
  • Enhance the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campuses.
  • Review the Student Equity Plan to identify limitations and barriers to moving the Student Equity Plan agenda forward.
  • Ensure a constructive working relationship with the Board of Trustees in general and the President ofthe Board, in particular.
  • Ensure that Board members are informed and up-to-date on District related issues and Board requests.
  • Value the expertise of all members of the Board of Trustees and ensure that it is taken into consideration during the decision-making process.
  • Communicate with local and state representatives on issues important to the District.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to meet community needs.
  • Establish a meaningful presence within College of the Redwoods' communities.
  • Continue to monitor the capital construction projects.
  • Address vacant buildings on the Eureka Campus.
  • Encourage institutional dialogue about what it means to be anti-racist or culturally competent and responsive.
  • Collaborate with constituent group leadership to engage in discussions about race and inclusivity while cultivating openness, trust and understanding.
  • Encourage faculty to look comprehensively at inclusivity and cultural competency in curriculum.
  • Continue to support the establishment of 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.
  • Implement the Foundation strategic plan that supports the direction of the District.
  • Revise the Education and Facilities Master Plans.
  • Work with faculty, advisory committees, and community stake holders to review law enforcement and first responder training and curriculum for unconscious/implicit bias, de-escalation training with cultural sensitivity, and community-oriented/de-militarized approaches.

Contact Us

Contact Information

 Keith Flamer, President/Superintendent

 Cynthia Petrusha, Executive Assistant to the President

 Eureka Campus
Student Services/Administration Building

It is the policy of College of the Redwoods not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its educational programs and its employment practices.

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