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In their own words: Clatsop College candidate Dave Zunkel

Running for director, Zone 3, Position 6

Dave Zunkel
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Dave Zunkel

Age: 73

Residence: Warrenton, since 2013

Occupation: Retired physician, diagnostic radiology, specializing in ultrasound, practicing in the Navy at Bremerton, Wash., 1977-1979, and Everett, Wash., 1980-2013

Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; medical degree, University of Colorado, Denver; diagnostic radiology board certification, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego; fellowship, ultrasound/CT, University of Colorado.

Community Involvement: Volunteer, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Lower Columbia Hospice, and North Coast Land Conservancy; president of ENCORE, Exploring New Concepts Of Retirement Education, 2017-2020, and current board member. Member, Clatsop Community College Foundation, 2017-2019. Member, Clatsop Community College Board of Education, appointed 2019-present. Donor with my wife to the ESL/Adult Basic Education Annual Scholarship at CCC. Commissioner, Parks and Arts Commission, Mukilteo Wash., 2010-2012. Big Brother, Everett YMCA Big Brothers/Big Sisters, beginning in 2007.

How have you contributed to the board? I serve as a member of the President’s Evaluation and “Spirit of Clatsop” Committees and am board liaison to Clatsop Community College Foundation.

Top issues

**Recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The college president, faculty and staff have responded well to the pandemic, but significant challenges lie ahead. I will stress increasing declined enrollment via the college’s Strategic Enrollment Plan, in order to improve the college's overall financial well-being. This will also involve increased financial aid and other nonfinancial support of students struggling during the pandemic, especially with food and housing insecurity. We need to increase retention of those students already enrolled and those considering community college enrollment.

** Phase-in of the new college computer system. The new computer system has provided challenges to college enrollment and operations. I will closely monitor progress made in this process.

** Enhanced educational excellence at CCC. Improvement in our core mission of education is an ongoing process. I will monitor the programs which continue this mission, including “guided pathways” efforts, program prioritization, reinvigoration of the MERTS “Maritime Center of Excellence” project, and the blending of in-person and distance learning.

Finally, as a Board of Education member, I will always attempt to approach these issues through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I will work to better understand our students and faculty and keep the greater community informed about and involved in Clatsop Community College. The next two years will be interesting and challenging for the college, its president, faculty and staff, and the Board of Education. I urge you to vote in the May 18 election and would be honored to have your support.

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