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The Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to extend President Chris Bailey’s contract through Aug. 31, 2022.

Under the new contract, Bailey will make $211,362 annually. That’s a 3.5% raise over last year’s agreement.

“The college is doing what the board feels is an extremely good job. … (The trustees) are pleased with the performance of the college, and Chris as its leader certainly deserved that raise,” said Steve Vincent, board chairman.

The president’s raise is “somewhat in line” with faculty and staff raises the Legislature approved this year, Vincent said, though it also reflects the board’s satisfaction in his performance this year. (Faculty received a 3.2% cost of living raise this year, while other college employees received a 3% cost of living raise.)

Bailey’s contract changes are effective starting Sept. 1.

LCC hired Bailey as president in 2011. Under his tenure, the college has opened its University Center, constructed the new Health and Science Building and launched campaigns to attract more high school graduates and international students to enroll at LCC.

Vincent noted that the board is “particularly happy” with the college’s addition of a four-year teaching degree, which Bailey and other staff helped develop a program for this year.

“Chris and his team have performed very well this last year,” Vincent said.

Bailey’s performance review occurs annually in the summer in executive session with the board. It is a “very extensive review” of the college and its leadership, Vincent said.

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