Linn-Benton Community College has named Jennifer Boehmer, currently at Portland Community College, as the next executive director to lead the college’s Advancement office.
Boehmer will start March 1. She is succeeding Dale Stowell, who is retiring this week. Her annual salary will be $118,000.
"We had a very strong pool of candidates, and she just emerged on the top of a good field," said Dave Henderson, vice president of Finance and Operations.
Henderson said Boehmer's experience with Portland Community College makes her a particularly relevant candidate. "We're just excited to have her joining us," he said.
Boehmer has been with PCC for almost 17 years, currently as director of strategic communication. She lives in Portland and said she will continue to commute from there while her 11-year-old daughter is in the Portland Public Schools system. She said she is "deeply committed to getting to know, and contributing to, this wonderful community."
While with PCC, Boehmer chaired the information campaign in 2008 to help pass a $375 million bond measure, which at the time was the largest educational bond in Oregon history. She also worked on the college's 2017 bond measure, for $185 million, which also passed.
She also developed a nationally recognized brand recognition advertising campaign called "Think PCC First," and earned the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Virginia Carter Smith Crystal Eagle award for a fundraising event that helped students go to college who otherwise could not have afforded it.
Prior to PCC, Boehmer held advancement positions for the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation, the University of Western States, and worked with educational and nonprofit clients through the O'Neil/Beriault Public Relations Agency.
Boehmer has a master's degree in communication management from the University of Portland and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and public relations from Linfield College.
Currently, she serves on the executive board of directors for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, a professional association for two-year college marketing professionals, and just completed a year as national president.
Boehmer grew up in Lincoln City and has a sister and brother-in-law in Albany, "so an unexpected blessing for me is the ability to spend a few nights a week at their house and to see them more often."
She called it "an extraordinary honor" to be selected to serve LBCC.
"The transformational power of education that LBCC provides to this region is simply critical. For me, the opportunity to make that kind of singular impact within a deeply connected community is really exciting," she said.
"My hope is to support the LBCC brand so that everyone in our service area is inspired to see how they personally can play a role in its success — be it through making financial contributions to the LBCC Foundation, sending their family members to learn with us, or to link arms with us as an employer-partner."
LBCC’s Advancement office encompasses marketing, print and digital communication, media relations, and the college Foundation office, which raises money to support LBCC programs and students.
The college serves more than 22,000 students each year, with more than 60 degrees, certificates and career technical training options and community education classes.