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The President/Superintendent is the chief administrative officer of the Redwoods Community College District and oversees the College of the Redwoods administration. Dr. Keith Flamer is the 7th President of CR, joining a diverse group of leaders.

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What exactly do people in Humboldt do for a living, and why? Listen to Talk Humboldt with Keith and Tom, where Keith Flamer of College of the Redwoods and Tom Jackson of Cal Poly Humboldt talk to the people that make Humboldt work.



I want to welcome you to College of the Redwoods (CR). 

CR is an exceptional learning environment in which students gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. We are committed to providing students an opportunity to achieve their educational goals by offering programs and services designed for students who plan to seek a transfer degree, train for immediate employment or transition to a new career. 

I believe that, as a learning community, we strive to deliver quality education while ensuring that our students remain our top priority. We offer an environment that allows students to feel challenged, supported and determined—an environment in which every student can thrive and succeed.
As CR President, I appreciate this opportunity and am excited to work wonderful faculty, staff and students to make a positive change while continuing to make our college successful. 

I invite you to visit the Eureka campus or one of our district-wide educational centers or sites. I am confident that when you visit, you will discover what makes College of the Redwoods a first-class comprehensive community college. 

Dr. Keith Flamer

 fast Fact
The Student Services/Administration building on the Eureka Campus is named after College of the Redwoods' first president, Dr. Eugene Portugal.

Keith Flamer

Dr. Keith Flamer

Dr. Keith Flamer has a PhD degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and more than 25 years of distinguished service advancing the mission of public community colleges. Dr. Flamer was named President/Superintendent of College of the Redwoods in 2015. As President of College of the Redwoods, President Flamer serves as the Chief Executive Officer providing leadership to a District comprised of over 400 faculty and staff members providing services to over 6,000 students.

President Flamer’s career reflects his dedicated service to helping students succeed in their educational pursuits. During his 17-year tenure at College of the Redwoods, Dr. Flamer has served in various leadership roles including Vice President of Instruction and Student Development and Vice President for Student Services. Prior to coming to College of the Redwoods, President Flamer served as Assistant Vice President for Learning and Student Support Services and Executive Dean of Enrollment and Student Development at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois. President Flamer is a proud Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Active in the community, President Flamer currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Humboldt Area Foundation, Eureka Chamber of Commerce, and Open Door Community Health. He previously served as a member of the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods. He is a member of the Old Town Rotary Club of Eureka.

President Flamer has endeavored to broaden the reach of CR’s partnerships with business, government, industry, community organizations and educational institutions to coordinate joint responses and resources that work in concert to uplift and support the economic development of the community. Dr. Flamer and Cal Poly Humboldt President Dr. Tom Jackson have formed a close partnership working collaboratively on innovative ways to jointly serve the needs of students and the community.

As an educational leader, President Flamer believes that it is critical to embrace diversity and remain sensitive to the needs of all students. He supports the success of those who may be differently abled or who experience social, cultural and economic orientations and backgrounds different from those experienced by faculty and staff with whom these students interact. He firmly believes that diversity is strength—and that multiculturalism is something to be celebrated, promoted, and cherished.

President's 2023-25 Goals

Goal 1: Accreditation
  1. Continue leading institutional effort to meet or exceed all ACCJC accreditation standards and eligibility requirements.
Goal 2: Fiscal Stability
  1. Continue ensuring that CR has a budget fund reserve that meets the goals consistent with board policy.
  2. Continue monitoring the College’s student debt and pension liabilities.
  3. Continue pursuing grant funding that will benefit the institution. 
  4. Continue to ensure that the District has sufficient revenue for the operation and maintenance of its facilities. 
  5. Continue efforts to increase FTES.
Goal 3: Student access and success, retention and completion
  1. Continue demonstrating progress toward meeting or exceeding the District’s Vision for Success Goals and Institutional Effectiveness Scorecard targets.
  2. Continue expanding and enhancing wraparound student services, including enrollment, academic advising, financial aid, basic needs, counseling, housing, and mental health.
  3. Continue developing programs and initiatives that support student success and enrollment growth.
  4. Ensure that the District’s budget addresses the Student Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) funding categories.
Goal 4: President and Board of Trustees
  1. Continue keeping the Board informed about College initiatives, construction projects, and issues affecting the District.
  2. Continue advocating for CR locally and statewide.
  3. Continue showcasing various programs at Board meetings.
  4. Continue supporting opportunities for Board education and training.
  5. Provide regular reports to the Board regarding the District’s strategies and progressregarding the funding formula, the hold harmless option, and enrollment growth.
Goal 5: Infastructure
  1. Continue aligning EMP strategies with institutional planning and initiatives and resource allocations.
  2. Implement the Revised Facilities Master Plan (FMP).
  3. Align FMP strategies with institutional planning and resource allocations.
  4. Begin the process to renovate the Community Stadium and build the PE/Fieldhouse Complex.
  5. Ensure that the College has a sufficient number of qualified administrators and staff to achieve our institutional mission and purpose.
Goal 6: Innovation and Planning for the Future
  1. Expand professional development fundamental to the growth of managers, deans, and executive leaders.
  2. Continue fostering an institutional culture that values innovation.
  3. Research and develop new associate and bachelor's degree and short-course programs to support the Education Master Plan Initiatives and meet the workforce needs of our community.
  4. Continue efforts to ensure the quality and effectiveness of online instruction and obtain Teaching College status with the CVC-OEI.
  5. Expand efforts to identify and address economic/workforce needs of the community.
  6. Develop and implement an approach to advance succession planning in all managerial and administrative levels of the College.
Goal 7: Communication and Relationship Building
  1. Continue communicating regularly with the College to foster community, recognize achievement, maintain a culture of accreditation, and increase awareness of efforts across campus to enhance student success and completion.
  2. Continue advocating efforts on the local and state levels.
Goal 8: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
  1. Continue enhancing support programs for students that identify as LGBTQ+, students with disabilities, and students from marginalized populations.
  2. Continue supporting faculty to revise curriculum for appropriate DEIA content.
  3. Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff focused on DEIA.
  4. Continue efforts to incorporate DEIA in employee evaluations.
  5. Continue efforts to offer anti-bias professional development for faculty and staff.
Goal 9: CR’s Presence in the Broader Community
  1. Continue collaborating with Cal Poly Humboldt.
  2. Continue elevating collaboration and engagement with local businesses, industries, government agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, and K-12 districts as evidence of the college’s commitment to students and the community.
  3. Continue building relationships with the community through the President’s Advisory Council.
  4. Continue communicating the interests of the College, student success, and college programs to the community.

Contact Us

Contact Information

 Keith Flamer, President/Superintendent

 Julie Gilbride, Senior Executive Assistant to the President


 Eureka Campus
Student Services/Administration Building

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