Dr. Ray Needham served as Linn-Benton Community College president from 1970-1980. Needham received a bachelor's and a master's in education from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in vocational education from Colorado State University. He had previously served as Dean of Instruction at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. While president at LBCC, Needham served as the Oregon Community College Presidents Association Chair from 1974-76, National Federal Affairs Commission Member for the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges from 1975-78, and a member of the State Vocational Education Planning Committee from 1977-79.
In February 1970, Linn and Benton County voters approved a bond issue to build a permanent campus for the college. By the end of summer, eight portable classrooms were moved to LBCC's permanent home two miles south of Albany on Pacific Blvd. (formerly Highway 99E) and construction of permanent buildings began.
The firm Jeppsen, Miller and Tobias were hired to design the new campus in 1970. The firm had previous experience building community college's in California. Marion Construction Company of Salem was hired as General Contractor.
Portable buildings did not deter students from attending; in fact, enrollment for fall term 1970 was 33 percent higher than in fall 1969. By October 18, 1974, the newly completed 11-building LBCC campus was formally dedicated. Takena Hall was completed five years later, and would become the front door to the college and the central location for most student services.