Collective strengths and action leverage southern Oregon’s assetsDecember 4, 2018 |
by Roberto Gutierrez, Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Nagi Naganathan, and Linda Schott
On a postcard-worthy fall day about a year ago at the Green Springs Inn — appropriately about halfway between Klamath Falls and Ashland — an idea began to germinate: southern Oregon’s public colleges and universities could pool assets to address some of our region’s biggest issues.
By the end of our meeting, the presidents of our region’s four colleges and universities had begun to lay out a vision that puts students and communities first.
Our premise: when big problems need to be solved, big ideas, big actions and big hearts need to step up. History shows that complex problems are best solved from a united front of invested stakeholders with a synergistic approach and a commitment to collaborate.