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Chancellor Announces Search Committee for EOU President

Di Saunders –Cell: 971-219-6869 (today, Friday, and over weekend); Office: 503-725-5714

PORTLAND, June 5, 2008 – George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System, today announced the Search Committee for the next president of Eastern Oregon University. The new president will replace interim president Dixie Lund who has led EOU since July 2007. Dr. Lund also served previously as interim president and is a retired faculty member and director of distance education for EOU.

The Search Committee will be chaired by State Board of Higher Education member Tony van Vliet of Corvallis, and will include the following representatives from EOU: Katy Barnett, president of the Associated Students of EOU; Kerry Bullard, office specialist; Kirk Creech, director of facility operations; Sue Dobson, regional director, EOU Portland Center; Adriana Mendoza, EOU graduate (undergraduate and graduate degrees) and community member; Tim Seydel, associate vice president of marketing, development and public affairs; Kim Sorensen, assistant professor of accounting; and Peter Wordelman, professor of music. Representing the community on the EOU Search Committee is: Mary Cullinan, president, Southern Oregon University; Mike Daugherty, retired faculty and current interim dean of students at EOU; Colleen MacLeod, commissioner, Union County; Ray Naff, director of intergovernmental relations and economic revitalization team, Office of the Governor; Don Roumagoux, advisory board member, Malheur County; Bill Ten Pass, vice president, ODS; John Turner, president, Blue Mountain Community College; and Gerry Young, president, EOU Foundation. Kristen Bingaman, executive assistant to the President, will be the EOU-based staff support for the Search Committee, and the OUS director of communications, Di Saunders, will be the staff coordinator and liaison for the Search Committee.

The Committee will begin its search process for a new president immediately, working with a national search firm. Chancellor Pernsteiner expects that the new president of EOU will be selected and ratified by the Board of Higher Education in spring 2009. The chancellor has already begun meeting with members of the EOU community, faculty, and students to identify the qualities, qualifications and characteristics needed in the next president, and will hold additional meetings in the fall.

Tony van Vliet said, “We are very pleased with the strength and diversity of the EOU Search Committee. Each person brings unique qualities and expertise to the search process, and a deep understanding of EOU’s needs, opportunities, mission, and its important educational role in Eastern Oregon and other rural communities across the state. We look forward to our responsibilities in identifying a highly qualified pool of candidates to present to the Chancellor,” added van Vliet, “and working with the campus and the community at large to ensure broad input and engagement throughout the search for this critically important role.”

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