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Oregon Board Chair Quits Over Sanctuary Vote

by Beth Slovic

Gene Pitts, the chairman of Portland Community College’s board of directors, has resigned his seat because he doesn’t agree with a decision last month to designate PCC a “sanctuary” campus for undocumented students.

“[T]he decision to use the term ‘sanctuary college,'” he wrote in a resignation letter to colleagues sent just before Christmas, “politicizes the college, places risk on the backs of the 40+ percent of the college’s students that receive Pell grant monies (and ultimately on the college’s Federal funding), and alienates a percentage of voters as we approach the college’s next bond campaign.”

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