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Joseph Holliday Named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success for Oregon University System

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

Portland, OR, August 26, 2008 – Susan Weeks, vice chancellor of the Oregon University System (OUS), announced today that Joseph Holliday has been appointed to the new position of assistant vice chancellor for student success initiatives for the OUS. Dr. Holliday is currently the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. He will begin his new position in the Eugene-based Chancellor’s Office on September 2nd.

Vice Chancellor Weeks said, “Joe’s long history of working in many aspects of higher education, and his direct experience with students, make him a great person to take on this new role within the university system. He is passionate about getting more Oregon students prepared for and into college, and having them successfully complete a degree. His understanding of the issues facing Oregonians in being able to go to college, and his knowledge of all of the campuses in the state make him a great asset to OUS and to postsecondary education in Oregon,” added Weeks.

Holliday’s work will include primary responsibility for leadership and coordination of OUS student success initiatives within the university system and between OUS and other education sectors. His work will include development and analysis of policies and initiatives related to access and student outreach, affordability, university admissions, and student retention and completion; coordination and liaison with OUS councils and committees related to student affairs functions, committees and staff of the Joint Boards of Education, and external organizations (e.g., The College Board); and overseeing development of technologies that support PK-20 alignment.

Prior to his joining OUS, Dr. Holliday worked in various positions at OIT, including his most recent post as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management since 2002, where he served as chief student affairs officer and a member of the president’s leadership team. In this role, Holliday participated in strategic planning, goal-setting, policy formation, and budgeting; had oversight over 13 departments, served as chief enrollment officer, and supervised the Dean of Students. Other positions at OIT included director of career services from 1993 to 2002, and a simultaneous appointment as director of the Center for Learning and Teaching from 2000 to 2002. Prior to joining OIT, Holliday was director of career development at Norwich University in Vermont from 1984 to 1993. He served in various positions between 1983 and 1977, including director of Cooperative Education at New York Institute of Technology; assistant director of Cooperative Education at Long Island University; and placement specialist at the National Center for Employment of the Handicapped, and Bridgeway House Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Center. Holliday received his D.Ed. at University of Oregon, his MPA in public administration at Long Island University, and his B.A. in Sociology at Upsala College.


Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information about GEAR UP and OUS,, go to http://gearup.ous.edu/ or www.ous.edu 

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