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OUS Chancellor Melody Rose to address Higher Ed issues @ 3-29-13 PDX City Club Forum, along with other leaders

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

PORTLAND, March 26, 2013 – Oregon University System Chancellor Melody Rose will speak on Friday, March 29 at the Portland City Club’s Friday Forum on the topic of “Higher Ed in Oregon: The Way Forward?

Dr. Rose will be one of four speakers on Friday, and will be joined by Ben Cannon, education advisor to Governor Kitzhaber; Heather Conroy, executive director of the Service Employees International Union; and Emily McLain, executive director of the Oregon Student Association. The speakers will cover the reforms to Oregon's higher education model currently under discussion in the legislature; as well as reforms taking place nationally, and the implications for stakeholders, including students, the business community, and taxpayers.

Earlier this month, Dr. Rose was named the first woman chancellor of the Oregon University System. She works with the State Board of Higher Education to ensure that Oregon’s public higher education system provides equity, assess and affordability to Oregon students; is efficient and aligned; provides consolidated functions for the OUS campuses in many areas to ease the financial strain on students and Oregon tax payers; and ensures that statewide higher education partnerships and initiatives are advanced in ways which increase student success and ensure a strong workforce and economy.

Dr. Rose was previously the vice chancellor of academic strategies at OUS before being appointed chancellor. She is known for her work at Portland State University as the vice provost for Academic Programs and Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies; and as the founder and first director of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy, among several other roles.

City Club’s Friday Forum on Higher Education in Oregon will be held at the Governor Hotel at 614 SW 11th Ave. in downtown Portland on March 29 from 12:15PM-1:15PM.

For more information please go to http://pdxcityclub.org/

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The Oregon University System comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. For more information go to www.ous.edu