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Welcome from President Hamilton:

Welcome to Lane Community College and congratulations on your choice to attend one of Oregon’s premier community colleges. For more than 50 years, Lane has provided exemplary education, training and personal enrichment programs for our community, earning a national reputation for excellence, innovation and sustainability.

You have chosen a college that transforms lives through learning both in the classroom with highly qualified faculty and outside of the classroom through our many support services and activities. While you are here, I invite you to use our bookstore, browse the library, find a favorite place to study, and become a part of the Lane community by joining a club, playing a sport, or meeting new people who will help you better understand the world in which you live.

At Lane, you are never far from a campus center. Whether you enjoy a downtown vibe or a coastal setting, we have a place for you to study and complete your degree or certificate. We also have a comprehensive offering of online courses to help you complete your goal from any location at a time convenient to you.

All of us at Lane are here to ensure that you have a personalized educational experience that will help you achieve your goals. Lane Community College transforms lives through learning—we’re here for you.

I look forward to seeing you on campus and I wish you a happy, healthy and memorable year at Lane!

-Margaret Hamilton, President

Biography of President Hamilton

photo of LCC President Margaret Hamilton

Dr. Margaret Hamilton joined Lane Community College as its seventh president on July 1, 2017. She is a widely respected executive in community college education, strategic planning, accreditation, curriculum development, human relations, workforce and economic development, and in building partnerships with post-secondary education, higher education, and business and industry.

Prior to Lane, Dr. Hamilton served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at Camden County College, where she provided leadership for over 25,000 credit and noncredit students at three locations across southern New Jersey. Her 29 year career in higher education includes leadership positions in academic and student affairs, administrative services, and human resources and labor relations. Dr. Hamilton’s teaching experience in nursing education provided her an opportunity to share her clinical experiences working in urban centers such as Children’s Hospital in Norfolk Virginia, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Education from Widener University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Her honors include a 2011 Spirit Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in recognition for her outstanding service to two year institutions of higher education for work that personifies dedication and excellence in community colleges, as well as the Dean’s Citation in 2000 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Health Related Professions, now Rutgers School of Health Professions, for outstanding contributions in allied health education.

Hamilton served on boards for the Collegiate Consortium of NJ-PA, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing, New Jersey Society for Allied Health Professions and Mainstage Center for the Arts, as well as a commissioner on academic, student and community development for the American Association of Community Colleges, past chair for the New Jersey Academic Affairs Affinity Group and current member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, AAUW and AACC. After establishing a global partnership with Nanyang Medical College in China, she was an honored guest at opening ceremonies at Nanyang Medical College in 2015, where she toured the Chinese Medicine College, gave a symposium to faculty, and lectures to students on western medicine and health care education in the United States.

Hamilton has been a reviewer for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, a speaker on assessment and accreditation, health care education, faculty development, new program development and executive leadership, and serves as a consultant in higher education. She has been seen on Comcast News and quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Courier Post,,, and Camden County and Burlington CountyWomanMagazines