Director for Student Engagement
Umpqua Community College
Marjan Coester is the Director for Student Engagement at Umpqua Community College and works with the Associated Students of Umpqua Community College (ASUCC) Leadership Team, Student Ambassadors, Peer Mentors, and UCC Scholars and has administrative responsibility for the college Information Desk and Veterans Student Center. She completed her 14th year at UCC in August and her 28th year in student services, having previously served as the Director for Student Life/Multicultural Affairs at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and as the Assistant to the Director for Student Activities at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Marjan received her M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education in 2001 from Western Washington University and a B.S. in Business in 1991 from the University of Oregon. She discovered her passion for working within the field of student services while an undergraduate at the University of Oregon. She volunteered and worked extensively in orientation and advising programs; her senior year was spent considering how she could transition from the field of Business to Higher Education. It was the opportunity at SVC that drew her to her calling in Student Life and to a M.Ed.
As a leadership development educator and advocate, and a strong believer in walking the talk – she has served in leadership roles at the college, local, statewide, and regional levels. On campus, she participates in several governance committees/councils, including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Statewide, she serves on the Executive Officer team for the Oregon Student Leadership and Activities Professionals.
Marjan is a native to the Northwest, born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and returned to Oregon from Washington State in 2005. In her free time, she enjoys sunny and hot vacations with her husband, binge reading, writing flash fiction, and being smothered by her clowder of eight cats.