Clark college has hired Brad Avakian as the new Vice President of Human Resources.
This is the latest shake-up for Clark’s executive cabinet, after four vice-presidents were either fired or left on their own terms, during the past year and a half. Three of those positions remain unfilled: the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Vice President of Instruction and the Vice President of Administrative Services.
Avakian will be taking over for Darcy Rourk, who’s been serving as the interim vice president since Stefanie Coverson resigned back in January of 2020.
Avakian comes to Clark after a long career in Oregon politics. He served two terms in the Oregon House of Representatives and one term as a state senator before going on to be Oregon’s Commissioner of Labor and Industries for three terms. In 2016, Avakian became the first Democrat to lose a race for state office in more than a decade, when he lost his bid for secretary of state to Republican Dennis Richardson.
Avakian signed a one year contract with the school and started yesterday, June 10. Avakian will be making $126,220 a year in his new position. The previous Vice President of Human Resources earned a salary of $128,457 per year.
It’s no secret that the college has had its challenges over the last few years and I understand that it’s in a period of transition,” Avakian said. “I’m really hopeful that my experience not just in management and managing a state agency, but in a lifelong commitment to equity and diversity issues, puts me in a position to be able to join the team in a very helpful way as Clark moves forward.”