TVCC president earns statewide recognition

Treasure Valley Community College President Dr. Dana M. Young was awarded the Howard Cherry Outstanding Community College Administrator by the Oregon Community College Association.

November 2020

Treasure Valley Community College President Dr. Dana M. Young was named as the Howard Cherry Outstanding Community College Administrator by the Oregon Community College Association.

Dr. Young, who has been president of TVCC since 2010, was nominated to for her dedication to serving community colleges for more than 30 years, as well as her commitment to student success.

“Dana is a passionate advocate for Treasure Valley Community College,” said Cam Preus, OCCA executive director. “She has helped transform the culture and programs at Treasure Valley Community College to focus on student success.”

Dr. Young received the Howard Cherry Outstanding Administrator of the Year award at the OCCA conference Nov. 8.

“I am so honored to be named Administrator of the Year,” Dr. Young said. “This award was such a surprise and is deeply meaningful to me.”
“It is especially humbling to receive recognition from my peers who have contributed so much to the future of education in our state. I am continually impressed by these incredible leaders who dedicate their professions to the support community colleges and the students they serve,” she added.

Young successfully led TVCC through its successful accreditation reviews, as well as two capitol construction projects on campus. The Laura Moore Cunningham Science Center opened in 2013, and the expanded and remodeled Career & Technical Education Center will open in spring 2021.

Cheryl Cruson, chair of the TVCC Board of Education, said that Dr. Young’s nomination is a reflection of the work she has done, and continues to do, to move TVCC strategically into the future.

“I was on the selection committee when the TVCC board selected Dr. Young as president,” Cruson said. “Dana is a passionate advocate for TVCC and has helped improve relationships in our community.”

“I am especially proud of the work Dana has done to change student outcomes at TVCC,” Cruson said. "She is a leader who is working to make to improve success for our students and employees, and she is truly an Outstanding Community College Administrator.”

Prior to TVCC, Dr. Young served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwest College in Wyoming, as well as Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services at Blue Mountain Community College. She earned a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University, a masters of business administration from Portland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Eastern Oregon University.

The Howard Cherry Awards are named for the late Dr. Howard Cherry, a lifelong advocate for education and community involvement. The awards are granted in three categories: Outstanding Community College Administrator, Outstanding Community College Board Member, and Outstanding Community College Advocate. The awards are given to those who, by their contributions to the community college cause in Oregon, have brought statewide recognition to community colleges.