Robin Bunnell

Yes, 30 years! Because I love working here

Elise Hamner Staff & Administration

Southwestern employs more than 400 people in all kinds of jobs. Some people are just starting their careers here. Others have enjoyed working at Southwestern for many years, including Robin Bunnell, who is celebrating her 30th year.

“I love working at the college and with students. You can walk around our campuses and feel very welcome. Everyone genuinely cares about our students and each other,” Robin said.

Having a positive impact

Robin started 30 years ago as a financial aid secretary. Today, she leads our team in data collection and research. She also teaches part-time.

“It’s wonderful when I see the students I’ve worked with or taught over the years, and they are successful,” she said.

She sees them working as nurses in medical clinics and at the hospital. She sees them in professional jobs as accountants, or owning their own businesses. Some of her former students even work at the college.

“Our college has great benefits and competitive pay on the south coast. It’s easy to make a lifelong career here, with the many opportunities for advancement and exploring different jobs,” she said.

Opportunities to learn and grow

And, Southwestern supports employees pursuing education for themselves and family members. Robin went on to earn her MBA through the college’s University Center, while continuing to live and work here. With Southwestern tuition waivers, her children were able to take dual credit and career technical classes that helped them advance to a university and into a high-skill job locally.

Our campuses in Coos Bay and Brookings are a draw, too. Both campuses are beautiful, with one overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean and the other beside lakes and forest. You can get outside to exercise and take fun classes.

Want to know more about working at Southwestern? Reach out to our Human Resources staff or talk to an employee.