This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Blaine Nisson, former Director of Umpqua Community College (UCC). The interview took place at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College on June 27, 2013 and focused on Nisson’s 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.