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In their own words: Clatsop College candidate Trudy Van Dusen Citovic

Running for director, Zone 2, Position 3

Trudy Van Dusen Citovic
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Trudy Van Dusen Citovic

Age: 42

Residence: Astoria

Occupation: Business owner, Van Dusen Beverages

Education: Astoria High School valedictorian; bachelor’s degree with honors in international relations and Spanish, Stanford University

Community involvement: Friends of Astoria Column; board member/founder Fire Station Yoga (free community yoga).

What will you bring to the college board? I am deeply rooted in Clatsop County and a sixth generation Astorian. I’m co-owner of Oregon’s oldest business, Van Dusen Beverages, Inc.; I’ve started two other local businesses, Fire Station Yoga and The Rosebriar Inn. I’m committed to ensuring Clatsop County’s bright future. As manager of a million-dollar business and former corporate strategist for a multi-billion-dollar business, I have experience with financials, budgeting, systems implementation and long-term planning. I’m a former management consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and former vice chair of the national association representing independent Pepsi bottlers. I’m the parent of Alina, 8, and Dominik, 5, both in the Astoria School District. I’ll advocate for students living with disabilities. Espero estar disponible a la comunidad hispana/I look forward to being available to the Hispanic community. Le pido con humilidad su voto en esta elección/I respectfully ask for your vote in this election.

Top issues

** There has been a precipitous drop in full-time equivalent enrollment due to Covid-19 and other factors, which could negatively impact future state funding levels. We need to provide outreach to former students to understand attrition rationale and potential supports and we need to engage faculty and staff to understand their point of view and implement recommendations.

** ERP System Software Implementation obstacles and failures. We should quickly determine if the latest phase of the rollout improved usability. If not, consider pursuing alternatives.

** Proposed new Marine Sciences building. We need to reprioritize the project in light of the enrollment challenges, meet with faculty and staff to understand opportunities and challenges, ensure value engineering, and ensure viable funding sources both for construction and for future maintenance.

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