Jason Heald BS ’80


Jason Heald BS ’80, director of music at Umpqua Community College, spoke with the Roseburg, Oregon, paper The News Review about his life and career. The turning point, he says, came when he decided he would rather join a band than be a lawyer. He worked for years as a musician before deciding he’d like to teach. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Portland and a PhD in composition from the University of Oregon. Under Heald’s leadership, Umpqua’s music program has grown significantly.