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President of Eastern Oregon University Announces Resignation

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

Portland, July 12, 2007 – Khosrow Fatemi, president of Eastern Oregon University, today announced his resignation, effective July 31, 2007. Dr. Fatemi has been president of EOU since May 2004.

George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System, said, “Dr. Fatemi is a valued colleague who has worked very hard to manage through a number of difficult issues at Eastern during three tough budget years for higher education in Oregon, while also accomplishing new milestones for the institution. But there is mutual recognition that the problems faced by EOU right now need a different set of management and administrative approaches than those used in the past.”

Succession plans are in process, and the Chancellor will propose an interim president by the end of the July.

“EOU is Oregon’s higher education jewel in eastern Oregon,” said Henry Lorenzen, president of the State Board of Higher Education. “Its diverse, talented students, high quality faculty, and dedicated and caring staff, together form a unique, quality academic environment that serves students in eastern Oregon and across the state through their renowned distance learning programs. The success and support of Eastern continue to be of utmost importance to the State Board of Higher Education and the Chancellor’s Office.”

During Fatemi’s tenure, EOU accomplished a number of goals, including: obtaining state funding for major campus renovations and a rural student access initiative; increasing fund raising; enhancing campus diversity; significantly increasing faculty salaries; developing a new shared governance structure and strategic plan; and completing a new student residence hall.

Dr. Fatemi said, “I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the campus community for their hard work and support during my tenure at Eastern. This university has a bright future and all the necessary components, including a dedicated faculty and staff, to reach its full potential.”

Prior to joining EOU, Dr. Fatemi was dean of the campus and professor of International Business at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley beginning in 1998; was dean of the College of Business Administration and The Graduate School of International Trade and Business Administration at Texas A&M International University, and was professor of International Business there beginning in 1982. From 1979-82, he was assistant professor of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Before this, he was senior economist for the National Iranian Oil Company from 1972-79. Dr. Fatemi received his B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from the Abadan Institute of Technology; his MBA and his Ph.D. in International Relations are from the University of Southern California.

As an accomplished economist and higher education veteran, Dr. Fatemi has accepted the position as Special Assistant to the Chancellor through May 2009. He will be dedicated to projects that will further the work of the Board and the Chancellor’s Office, such as economic impact studies, as well as national and state work on rural area issues.

Eastern Oregon University, located in La Grande, Oregon and at numerous centers throughout the state, has current enrollment of 3,425 students (fall 2006). Founded in 1929, EOU serves as an educational, cultural and scholarly center in La Grande, Oregon.


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