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Board of Higher Ed Announces Bob Davies as Next EOU President

Contact: Di Saunders, Cell: 971-219-6869; Office: 503-725-5714

PORTLAND, March 20, 2009 – State Board of Higher Education (the “Board”) president, Paul Kelly, announced this afternoon that Dr. Bob Davies, vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been named the new president of Eastern Oregon University. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Davies as president at a special Board meeting held today in Portland. Davies will replace interim president Dr. Dixie Lund, who has served in this role since July 2007.

"The appointment of Dr. Davies as president of EOU is an exciting beginning to a new chapter in Eastern's history of serving rural Oregon,” said Kelly. “His higher education background in managing community outreach and partnerships, in fundraising, and in advocating for universities with numerous constituents makes him a perfect fit for EOU and its important regional mission. He will be a wonderful new leader and partner in Eastern Oregon and I know that he will be embraced by the La Grande and the larger regional community,” added Kelly.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I would also like to thank President Dixie Lund for her incredible efforts in leading EOU over the last few years,” Kelly said. “Her leadership has enabled EOU to continue to do what it does best: provide a quality education with a personal touch to Oregon students from the region and across the state. Best wishes to Dixie as she retires from higher education. She will be greatly missed.”

Dr. Davies, who will begin at EOU around July 1, has served as vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In this role, Davies has been responsible for external affairs at IUP, including all fundraising efforts for the university, developing new endowments for academic scholarships, research and program development, overseeing an endowment of almost $50 million, and providing leadership and guidance for their Foundation. Davies is also responsible for overseeing a $280 million student housing and community development project; managing legislative affairs; implementing integrated marketing programs and outreach efforts; representing the university to its many communities; and serving as a university leader to faculty, staff and students on major issues, including assisting in the development of new curriculum opportunities for IUP students.

Governor Ted Kulongoski said, “We welcome Dr. Davies to Oregon as the newest member of a very strong group of presidents at Oregon’s public universities. The La Grande and Eastern Oregon communities are vital contributors to the state’s postsecondary education system, and are an important part of the health and economy of the region. I know that Dr. Davies will enable EOU to continue to provide much needed college access and success for thousands of Oregon students in the coming years.”

“I am very excited about joining the EOU community as its next president,” said Davies.  “I have been so warmly welcomed by the Eastern and La Grande community that I already feel like a resident. EOU has been a transformative force for so many Oregon students who have experienced campus life, and students from all over the state as well through its stellar distance education programs. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and EOU’s many community partners to further the campus’ mission and service in Oregon. I can’t wait to call myself an Eastern Oregonian."

The search committee for the president of EOU, which began its work early last fall, was chaired by Board vice president Tony van Vliet. “This search process was a success because of the very thoughtful and diverse search committee and their commitment to the process,” said van Vliet. “I can’t thank the Committee enough for their time, energy and involvement in finding the right President, Bob Davies, who can take EOU to the next stage of their success. I also want to thank the entire EOU campus community, Blue Mountain Community College, and the La Grande community as well for their invaluable help and input throughout this process.”

Oregon University System chancellor, George Pernsteiner, said, “Dr. Davies understands the importance of strategically and thoughtfully building connections for universities which help institutions achieve their outreach, advocacy, fundraising, research, student life, and academic goals. He sees the many opportunities that exist for EOU, and has the leadership qualities and experience to help the campus through the current economic downturn, while concurrently building it up to its next level of success for students, campus stakeholders, and the many Eastern Oregon communities. We welcome him to Oregon and appreciate the energy and commitment he’ll bring to the job.”

Prior to his position at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Davies was associate vice president for alumni relations at University of Buffalo from 2002 to 2006, and adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education, where he was responsible for establishing the vision, mission, and strategic direction of the UB Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, and coordinating and implementing programs, services and communications efforts. From 1995 to 2000, Davies was the executive director of the Alumni Association at Boise State University, and prior to that was the director of Annual Giving and assistant director of Alumni Relations from 1992 to 1995 at University of Nevada, Reno. Before entering the higher education sector, Davies was a business analyst with Dunn & Bradstreet from 1991 to 1992, working with business leaders in Northern California, Oregon, and Nevada to develop Business Information Reports.

Dr. Davies has served on numerous community boards, including the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation, the American Red Cross of Indiana, the Jimmy Stewart Museum, the Indiana Arts Council, and the Boise Downtown Business Association. Civic honors Davies has received include Boise Outstanding Citizen in 1999, and Outstanding Business Leader in 2000 from Boise Business First. Within academia, Davies was appointed by the Governor to the Partners in Education Committee from 1992-95; and he has served as a member of many committees, including: the University Senate; Middle States Accreditation Team leader and member of other accreditation teams (NCCUA, NCAA); UB 2020 Strategic Planning Committee; University Budget Committee, Core Curriculum Executive Board; and was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Employment Practices from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Davies has presented papers at numerous conferences over the years on the topics of university strategic planning, fundraising strategies, alumni outreach, college costs, and university leadership.

Dr. Davies received his Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Nevada, Reno; his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oregon; and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Eastern Oregon University serves as an educational, cultural and scholarly center in La Grande, Oregon, connecting the rural regions of the state to a wider world. FLEX YOUR MIND: On Campus, Online or Onsite with EOU! www.eou.edu.

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