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For Immediate Release
January 26, 2016
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Chato Hazelbaker
Chief Communications Officer
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Educational leader renews her commitment to Clark College Board of Trustees

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Jada Rupley, the current Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, was recently reappointed to the Clark College Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee. Her five-year term began Jan. 1, 2016. This will be Rupley’s second term on the board; her first began in 2010.

“We are fortunate to have someone with her experience and background reappointed to the Board,” said Clark College President Robert K. Knight. “Jada has been a great advocate for Clark College with a deep knowledge of educational issues, particularly as we strengthen partnerships with our school districts throughout the region.”  Knight noted the Rupley also brings a strong background in legislative affairs and has become a state leader among the Trustees.

“I am honored to continue working with Clark, our community's college. It is a great place to share my passion for education with others who also care deeply about this topic,” said Rupley. “We are now beginning the exciting phase of implementing new quality initiatives and programs that will support Clark well into the future.”

Rupley’s tenure on the board has included several important milestones.  She was part of the Board of Trustees when the decision was made to purchase the property for the North County campus of the college. She has been involved in all of the key decisions concerning the new STEM Building, which will be the single largest classroom building on campus and a cornerstone of the future of the college. She was also involved in the decision to bring the first bachelor degree program to Clark College. 

About Jada Rupley

For more than 25 years, Jada has served in a variety of roles in Washington's education system. She has been a teacher, psychologist, principal, and an associate superintendent, where her focus was on innovative programs that create educational opportunities for all learners, early to adult.  As a Governor's appointee, she served as co-chair for the Early Learning Advisory Council in building the early learning system. The Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium was a milestone for families with young children providing over 2,000 quality child care slots in 28 centers in Clark County.

In 2012-2014, she was chosen by then Gov. Kitzhaber to serve as Oregon's first Early Learning System Director, implementing legislation for early learning and child care investments for children birth to six years.

Jada is now an Administrator Consultant, working with superintendents in Southwest Washington on investigations, student hearings, and issues facing their schools. She is also part of a new consulting firm, Bridges and Rupley, working on education searches.

Ms. Rupley resides in Camas and has been a resident of Clark County since 1984.