Woody, Rachael Cristine




1 hour 8 minutes 28 seconds


June 27, 2013

Interview Summary

This interview is with Blaine Nisson, former Director of Umpqua Community College (UCC).  In this interview, Nisson’s discusses his involvement in the creation of UCC’s new program, the Southern Oregon Wine Institute.  Nisson provides extensive commentary on the strategy and effort involved to create the Southern Oregon Wine Institute. The interview explores the strategies needed to ensure the program would have a positive economic impact in the Umpqua region while at the same time contributing to – and drawing from – the knowledge and resources of the wine industry. The interview closes with thoughts on the larger question of the Umpqua wine industry’s identity.

This interview was conducted by Rachael Woody at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College on June 27, 2013


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Wine Board.