Dr. Frank Toda


ftoda@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6103


Dr. Frank Toda was hired July 1, 2001, as the second President of Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). He is nationally recognized for his work as an educator, and quality advisor. Not only does he hold 4 College Degrees that include a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, but he also holds Degrees from three Department of Defense Service Colleges.

During 30 years in Federal Government service, Dr Toda worked as a comptroller, a contracting officer, a housing construction manager, a space systems program manager, a systems engineer, a disaster preparedness officer, a safety manager, a quality manager, an information technology specialist, a knowledge management director, a Field Commander, and others. He supervised every size organization from a small two person team to a 26,000 person military Command.

Pioneer of Quality

At the National Level, Dr. Toda served ten consecutive terms on the Baldrige Board of Examiners, a review board for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award reporting directly to the President of the United States. In 2006, he was designated a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

In addition, he is a Certified Quality Manager (CQM), and a Certified Professional Contracts manager (CPCM). If he looks familiar, he was known as the American Society for Quality - "Face of Quality" for many years. In 2011, the American Productivity and Quality Center honored him as the first college president in the United States to receive the C. Jackson Grayson Distinguished Quality Pioneer Medal for innovation in the promotion of quality in the field of education.

Presidential Achievements

As the most senior community college president in Oregon, Dr. Toda has been a visionary leader - his commitment to integrity, service, and excellence has put CGCC “on the map” as a National Center of Excellence. In this capacity, he helped develop a national model for rural healthcare training and the first wind technician training program on the west coast, both of which have received congressional recognition by the House and Senate.

Most recently, he was the only individual college president from Oregon to be invited to the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges and the White House designated him one of the first 100 College Presidents to embrace the President’s initiatives to grow American Entrepreneurship. Since his arrival, the enrollment of CGCC has doubled and a $30 million investment in capital infrastructure has been made. In his role as President, he has also been an instrumental part of The Dalles Community Outreach Team, which has brought approximately $20 million in federal funding to the rural community of The Dalles and Wasco County.

Military Honors

Dr. Toda has been awarded a number of military badges and medals. To represent over thirty years of experience in acquisition management, systems engineering and the space/missile business, he wears the Master Space Badge and Master Acquisition Badge. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (Awarded by the Secretary of Defense for exceptional Joint Service), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (for saving over $300M for the U.S. space program), the Meritorious Service Medal (excellence in AE/Construction Services), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (Advanced Development Contracting Excellence), Air Force Commendation Medal (Outstanding Base Services Support), and the Air Force Achievement Medal (Unique Satellite Survival Package). 

Personal Interests

He is married to the former Tammy Eldrige of Dallesport, Washington. They have four children: Nicholas, Jacob, Seth, and Zac. Dr. Toda is a licensed private pilot, enjoys working on his four classic cars, loves anything that has to do with leveraging technology, has a black belt in Shorin Rhu Karate, and enjoys recreational swimming every day. In his spare time, Dr. Toda enjoys reading and creative writing.  


University of Southern California

Doctor of Philosophy in Education, 1980
Master of Science in Systems Engineering, 1974

University of Portland

Master of Business Administration in Behavioral Sciences, 1972
Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Management, 1970