EUGENE, Ore. — Lane Community College officially welcomed Dr. Stephanie Bulger as its eighth president earlier today. Bulger was named the institution's new chief executive in March by the LCC Board of Education, following a nine-month national search.
“I am incredibly excited to join Lane Community College. LCC is nationally recognized as an innovative leader for its excellence among community colleges,” said Bulger. “I appreciate the Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to lead such an outstanding institution into a promising future and look forward to working with the amazing and talented people who make up Lane Community College and the communities it serves.”
Dr. Bulger most recently held the position as Vice Chancellor of Instructional Services at the San Diego Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in California, serving 100,000 students at three colleges and a College of Continuing Education. She’s held multiple campus and district leadership roles including campus associate dean, dean of distance learning, campus chief academic officer, and vice chancellor where she gained experience with facilities planning, legislative advocacy for community college students, online learning, strategic planning, innovation, accreditation, institutional effectiveness, budgeting, and fundraising. She has also led multiple community colleges with diverse student populations and is committed to strengthening equity, diversity, and inclusion in community colleges.
As a leader, Dr. Bulger has been involved in initiatives such as regional community college collaborations, public-public and public-private partnerships, entrepreneurial initiatives, and philanthropic enterprises that were designed to address many of the challenges facing today’s community colleges. Her efforts have improved student transfer to universities, lowered textbook costs through open educational resources, expanded opportunities for dual enrollment, improved enrollment management, and connected more students to today’s jobs.
Dr. Bulger holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in 19th and 20th Century British and American Literature from the University of Utah, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University.
Lane Community College educates over 25,000 students annually at six locations across Lane County and online. Students and alumni from all 50 states and 79 countries create more than an $850 million dollar impact on the local economy, helping to support more than 13,000 local jobs. Lane provides affordable, quality, professional technical and college transfer programs; business development and employee training; academic, language and life skills development; and lifelong personal development and enrichment courses.