Douglas Bunn

COOS BAY, Ore. – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. Douglas N. Bunn as the new Executive Dean of the Curry Campus. Dr. Bunn holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University where he conducted empirical analysis of the physician/patient relationship. He also studied at Auburn University, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Utah State University, and received an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences from Ricks College.

Before joining Southwestern, Dr. Bunn held the position of Associate Dean of the Kingman Campus and Online Learning at Mohave Community College, and prior to that he served as Division Chair of the Humanities and Business Division at Western Wyoming Community College. Doug is passionate about community college education because he’s seen the benefits of a college education first hand.

Although he views degree attainment with a great deal of pride, Dr. Bunn wouldn’t have anyone distracted by degrees or titles. As a Rupert, Idaho native, he enjoyed humble beginnings, but life on the farm was never dull. As a youth he enjoyed the traditional summer job experiences of one growing up in a farming community. He milked cows, moved pipe, drove tractor, swathed alfalfa, and drove truck. Upon graduation from high school he worked in fast food and later fought fires with the Cassia District of the BLM. 

Persuaded to go to college, Doug thought he wanted a career in banking. Though he never lost interest in banking, his academic trajectory changed in his first semester as he excelled in economics. Under the direction of talented instructors his interest in economics bloomed. A scholarship offer lead to attending Utah State University (USU). While at Utah State Doug was offered a grading job for Dr. Reed Durtschi. Dr. Durtschi was as seasoned Professor of Economics (teaching at USU since 1958), in his 70’s by then, but never lacking energy. He followed the news closely and they would talk public policy, taxes, government spending, inflation and trade. Durtschi always had a question, something to think about or consider. It was that experience that led Doug to graduate school.

Following graduate school Dr. Bunn began his career performing grant funded research.  He assisted in the implementation of a prospective payment system for the public employers of the state of West Virginia. That work led to a stint performing cost of illness studies for the pharmaceutical industry, and then to profiling physician practice behavior. Though the work was anything but boring, Doug was inclined to seek a return to the classroom. An opportunity came in 2001 as he joined the faculty at BYU-Idaho. He has since taught at North Idaho College, Blackburn College and Western Wyoming Community College.

Doug says, “The Brookings community has been so welcoming and kind. It’s wonderful to be on a campus that is so beautiful, relaxing, and inviting. My wife, Colleen, and I are excited to be part of the community.”

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Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Student Recreation Center recently acquired a new Dynamic 20’ Incline Monkey Rig. This state-of-the-art fitness apparatus has limitless fitness, strength, and cross-functional stations. Stations include a dip station, squat racks, monkey bar bridge, ball target, plyo steps, battle ropes, glute/ham developer, suspension trainer and more! The Dynamic Monkey Rig can support up to 18 people simultaneously.

Summer hours for the Rec Center are Mon.-Fri. 6 am – 7 pm; Sat. 10 am – 7 pm; Sun. 10 am – 4 pm.

Fall hours begin Sept. 24 and are Mon.-Sat. 6 am – 9 pm; Sun. 10 am – 4 pm.

Registered students whose classes include the ‘Student Fee’ may use the Rec Center for free.

Drop-in price is $5.00.

Monthly fees for non-students are $44.00.

For more information about the Recreation Center facilities please visit: or call the front desk at 541-888-7714.


Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the names of students who excelled spring term 2017-2018. These students are being recognized with placement on the college’s Dean’s List (DL), Honor Roll (HR) and Academic Excellence (AE) list.

• Academic Excellence – students must receive a GPA of 4.0 in at least 12 credits

• Honor Roll – students must receive a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits

• Dean’s List – students must receive a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits


Good Academic Standing - Spring Term 2018 - All students


Good Academic Standing - Spring Term 2018 - Curry county students

Southwestern to Offer Study Abroad Program

COOS BAY, Ore. – Southwestern Oregon Community College students will have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program within the criminal justice or history programs during spring term of 2018-2019. This is the first study abroad program for Southwestern’s criminal justice students. The College is partnering with Clackamas Community College for this exciting opportunity.

The course, titled “Criminal Justice in the United Kingdom”, will examine the English and Irish criminal justice systems from the 1100’s until today. Students will travel to Ireland on June 10, 2019. While in Ireland they will have lectures by Irish professors on the Irish legal system and the civil rights issues of Northern Ireland. They will tour the Dublin courts, Kilmainham jail, and see the bogs and bog bodies as part of the National Museum. The students will then travel to London where they will have lectures by English lawyers on the history and current court system of Great Britain. Students will also have an opportunity to observe court proceedings in the Westminster Magistrates Court, the Royal Court of Justice, the Old Bailey, the Court of Appeals, and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. A lecture and tour on the social history and investigation of the “Jack the Ripper” case is planned, as well as tours of old English prison sites including the Tower of London, the Clink prison museum, and the currently operating Her Majesty’s Prison Wormwood Scrubs.

Students will need to cover travel expenses and obtain a passport prior to departure. Planning and fund raising for the trip will occur throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Any business, organization or person interested in attending the class or assisting financially to help students to attend are asked to contact Gary Will, Criminal Justice Instructor at Southwestern at 544-888-1571 or by email at