Cook served as Acting Dean of Student Success and Retention in 2006-2007 and co-lead a successful Accreditation Self-Study process in 2008.
Cook has worked in higher education for 20 years, with the last 15 in community colleges. He began his career as a student at Western Oregon State College where he was involved in Residence Life and Student Government, including serving as President of the Student Body.
After graduating, he worked in Residence Life at a small liberal arts college outside of Chicago, IL. Returning to the Northwest, he accepted a position at Lewis & Clark College where he managed Residence Halls and provided Career Counseling while completing his M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Cook then worked in the Advising and Counseling Center at Mt. Hood Community College before coming to Clark College.
In 2005, Cook completed his Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership, with an Emphasis on Community Colleges, at Oregon State University. His dissertation research involved the experiences of single fathers attending community college, at the time a largely understudied and underserved population. He also completed a year-long internship with the Clark College Foundation during this time.
Throughout his career, Cook has worked to ensure student success in all of his positions. He said, “It is through meaningful relationships that we are able to improve the lives of students throughout our service district. Clark College is a great place to work due to the dedication of faculty and staff members. This environment makes it possible to improve programs and serve the best interests of the students.”
As Vice President, Cook sees his role as bringing together faculty and staff to offer the best educational experience possible for students. He plans to work hard to build relationships throughout the college with the goal of creating an environment that is civil, intellectually challenging and ultimately personally enriching for the college community.
“Clark College is a dynamic institution made up of dedicated and innovative faculty and staff,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to contributing in this new role.”