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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 2021-23 Goals

Goal 1: Accreditation
  • Meet or exceed all ACCJC accreditation standards and eligibility requirements.
Goal 2: Strategic Fiscal Plan
  • Continue progress toward ensuring that CR has a budget fund reserve that meets the goals specified in board policy.
  • Continue to reduce the College's student debt liability. Align expenditures to support optimal enrollment and efficiency targets.
  • Make efficient and effective use of CR's resources – fiscal, human, and facilities – in support of CR's mission.
Goal 3: Student access and success, retention, completion, and equity
  • Continue to demonstrate progress toward meeting or exceeding the District's Vision for Success Goals and Institutional Effectiveness Scorecardtargets.
  • Develop course schedules that support long-term FTES growth, enhance access to curriculum to students who stopped out during the pandemic, and maintain courses and programs offered via online learning programs at a level that is at least 10 percentage points higher than the amount offered during the 2018‒19 academic year.
  • Build 2022-23 FTES to 3213, 2023-24 to 3403 and 2024-25 to 3780.
Goal 4: President and Board of Trustees
  • Continue to keep the Board informed about current College projects and initiatives.
  • Work closely with the President of the Board of Trustees.
  • Continue to advocate for CR locally and statewide.
  • Showcase various programs at Board meetings.
Goal 5: Re-imagine the future of CR
  • Adopt the Education Master Plan (EMP) and Facilities Master Plan (FMP).
  • Implement EMP and FMP strategies and action plans.
Goal 6: Work Environment
  • Implement CR's return to work plan for campus safety, making needed adjustments as conditions change.
  • Facilitate COVID -19 testing, vaccinations, and contact tracing.
  • Communicate, through in-person meetings and virtual and in-person town halls, to all CR stakeholders the importance of CR's commitment to equity, inclusion, civility, open expression, evidence-based deliberations, and vigorous debate to reinforce the leadership and responsibility of CR to create a college community in which all members of the community are treated with respect.
Goal 7: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Continue to encourage faculty to look comprehensively at inclusive curriculum and to evaluate courses for diversity and culturally relevant content.
  • Complete plans for improvements in recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff.
  • Submit Board-approved plans to the Chancellor's Office detailing the College's plans to achieve the goal established in 2017 of a 40% reduction in equity gaps by 2023 and fully closing the gaps by 2027.
Goal 8: Foundation/Fundraising
  • Continue implementing the Foundation strategic plan that supports the direction of theDistrict.
  • Raise funds in support of CR athletics. Goal 9: Strategic Partnerships
  • Deepen CR's collaboration with Humboldt State University.
  • Strengthen CR's mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships with high schools, employers, and community organizations.
  • Support employee involvement in the community.

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 Keith Flamer, President/Superintendent

 Cynthia Petrusha, Executive Assistant to the President

 Eureka Campus
Student Services/Administration Building

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