Rep. Johnson to Receive Award from Oregon Community Colleges

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 @ 12:10PM


CONTACT: James Sinks, 503-881-4747; [email protected]


SALEM – Community colleges are critical to Oregon’s economic future – and legislative advocacy is key to helping students at the state’s 17 colleges to advance their educations, improve their skills and land jobs.

The Oregon Community College Association today announced that a pair of Oregon lawmakers will be recognized for their efforts on behalf of community colleges and students. Reps. John Huffman and Mark Johnson will be the recipients of the 2014 Howard Cherry Outstanding Advocate Award, the association’s highest annual honor.

The awards will be given at the association’s annual conference, in November.

The legislators each represent parts of the Columbia Gorge, and were nominated by Dr. Frank Toda, president of Columbia Gorge Community College.

“Both Representative Huffman and Representative Johnson are tireless advocates for community colleges,” Toda wrote in his nomination. “During these tumultuous times in Oregon, we are fortunate to have friends in Salem who realize the importance and significance of community colleges.”

Rep. Huffman is a former broadcaster and military veteran from The Dalles who also has managed a pear orchard. He is the vice chairman of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and a member of the House Education Committee. He was appointed to the Oregon House in 2007 and has been elected three times since.

Rep. Johnson is a general contractor and longtime school board member from Hood River, and he was first elected to the Oregon House in 2010. He sits on the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and is vice chairman of the House Energy and Environment Committee.

The award is named for the late Dr. Howard Cherry, a Portland orthopedic surgeon who was a lifelong advocate for education and community involvement. He served on the Portland School Board, in the Oregon Legislature and was a founding member of the Association of Community College Trustees and a trustee of the American Association of Community and Junior colleges.

Cherry also was a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Portland Community College and played key roles in establishing the PCC Cascade and Rock Creek campuses.

The annual awards may be granted in three categories – outstanding community college advocate, outstanding community college administrator and outstanding community college board member.

Oregon’s network of 17 community colleges is a vital part of the state’s education system and together those colleges serve more than 400,000 students a year, or more than 1 in 10 Oregonians, from border-to-border.

The Oregon Community College Association represents those colleges and their locally elected board members — as well as the interests of the faculty, staff, administration and students.



2013 – Cam Preus
2012 – State Sen. Frank Morse, State Rep. Michael Dembrow
2011 – Duncan Wyse
2010 – State Rep. Greg Smith
2009 – State Sen. Rod Monroe
2008 – State Sen. Margaret Carter
2007 – State Rep. Larry Galizio
2006 – State Rep. Bob Jenson
2004 – State Rep. Dave Hunt
2001 – State Sen. Lenn Hannon, State Sen. Cliff Trow
1997 – State Rep. Bob Repine
1996 – U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield
1995 – State Rep. Margaret Carter
1994 – State Sen. Joyce Cohen
1993 – State Sen. Stan Bunn
1991 – Monty Multanen, Darrell Ward

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