Dr. David Rule will be on campus Tuesday, October 23 for interviews and public forums. View or print the full schedule for Dr. David Rule [PDF]
Now in his fifth year as President of the PCC Rock Creek Campus, Dr. David Rule, who is from the Lake Placid region of upstate New York, hails most recently from Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan, where he served as president for almost 4 years. Dave holds an A.S. in Performing from Schenectady County Community College, NY, a B.S. in Music Education and M.S. in Educational Psychology from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Statistics from the State University of New York at Albany. He is excited by his charge at PCC Rock Creek, a 256-acre college campus of approximately 26,000 students, a working farm, surrounded by forest and wetlands, as well as businesses such as Intel, Columbia Sportswear, Solar World, and Nike’s world head quarters.
Under Dave’s leadership Rock Creek has increasingly put itself on the cutting edge of academic program development, student services, sustainability initiatives, and workforce development, boasting innovative new curricula in solar-voltaic manufacturing, microelectronics and biosciences, and most recently an AAS in Biology and Management of Zoo Animals. Rock Creek is also well known for its award winning and unique closed loop recycling program, it’s newly installed 35,000 sq. ft. solar array, and leading the state in innovative student services (e.g., Q-Center, Food Canteen, Lactation Room). The faculty and staff at Rock Creek are constantly looking to the future to see how it can serve the its students and local community.
One of Dave’s primary responsibilities as Rock Creek President is to oversee the implementation of the successful 2008 PCC bond measure projects at Rock Creek of approximately $53 million dollars, as well as to facilitate greatly increased collaboration between PCC and the community leaders of Washington and Columbia Counties. He also serves on several state-wide committees, particularly related to funding issues, and spends a great deal of time working with a dozen or so local state representatives here in the District and in Salem during legislative sessions.
During his tenure as President at Muskegon Community College, he made sweeping and positive changes in technology, strategic and academic planning, as well as completed a major building projects. Regarding technology, Dave led MCC from being a campus with no effective student email system, wireless access, and outdated “home grown” administrative software, to one of cutting edge systems and greatly increased efficiencies. Also, using his past experiences as a fulltime faculty member, director of institutional research, and vice president of academic affairs, he led the college through a new planning process, one that resulted in an academic master plan that drives the strategic, budgeting, and student development plans. He also led MCC through the completion of its new information technology building and completed renovations of its administrative and student development centers, while obtaining the college’s largest single philanthropic gift ever of $500,000.
When Dave is not at PCC Rock Creek or out and about representing PCC Rock Creek or the college at large, he can be found in his home near the Rock Creek Campus with his wife and three school-aged children, or, if it’s not raining too hard, flying down the winding roads of Oregon on his motorcycle to his next meeting.