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Portland Attorney Paul Kelly Confirmed to State Board of Higher Education

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

PORTLAND, September 14, 2007 – Governor Kulongoski’s State Board of Higher Education appointment of Portland attorney Paul J. Kelly, Jr. was confirmed yesterday by the Oregon State Senate. Succeeding Board member Henry Lorenzen, who has served since 2003, Kelly’s 4-year term on the Board will begin on October 1 and run through June 30, 2011.

"Paul Kelly’s experience makes him a valuable new addition to the board," said Governor Kulongoski. "He is committed to my goals of expanding access and making postsecondary education more affordable to all Oregonians."

Kirby Dyess, vice president of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, said, “Paul Kelly’s diverse background and involvement in the areas of law, globalization, public policy, education, business, and public service will bring new perspectives and skills to the Board. As we work with the Governor and the Legislature to improve access, affordability, and consistent support for Oregon postsecondary students, Paul will offer important and active advocacy for the higher education of all Oregonians.”

Paul Kelly has worked as an attorney in law practice and in the corporate sector, and has been an active advocate through many education and community organizations and causes in Oregon. With the law firm of Garvey, Schubert, Barer since 2005, Kelly’s current practice includes public policy, lobbying and political law; alternative dispute resolution; and international practice. From 1987 to 2005, Kelly served in several positions at Nike, Inc., including general counsel and global director of public affairs. Prior to his 17 years at Nike, Kelly had a private law practice in Portland from 1977 to 1987, and served as executive director of the Multnomah County Legal Aid Service from 1973 to 1977.

“Restoring excellence throughout Oregon’s system of public education, from kindergarten through college, must be our state’s number one priority,” said Kelly. “Oregon’s future and our collective socio-economic well-being in today’s borderless, competitive marketplace depend on increasing educational attainment in our state. I look forward to working with the Board of Higher Education to help us reach new educational milestones that benefit all Oregonians.”

Current Boards and entities on which Kelly serves include the Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation Board; Legal Aid Services of Oregon and Oregon Law Center Board; the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators Panel; International Centre for Dispute Resolution Board; Concordia University Foundation Board; and The Campaign for Equal Justice Advisory Committee. Prior Board work and other activities in which Kelly has been involved have included the Chalkboard Project, School Funding and Budget Accountability Group; the Oregon Business Association Board; the University of Oregon School of Law Dean’s Council; the Oregon Business Council; and the Portland Business Alliance.

Mr. Kelly received an A.B. in English from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He lives with his wife Lynn in Portland.

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