February 5, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5700
Source: Jim Willis

Chancellor Search Sets Statewide Public Conversations

EUGENE - Citizens across Oregon will soon have a chance to share their ideas on what type of individual should become the next chancellor of the Oregon University System.

Jim Willis, chair of the State Board of Higher Education's search committee, said today his committee will hold five regional "Public Conversations" to gather information and ideas from interested Oregonians.

"We want Oregonians to help us as we search for the right person to become the new chancellor," Willis said. "We'd like to know what Oregonians see as the key challenges facing the chancellor and the board in the future. What, specifically, should the new chancellor accomplish and what kind of person would it take to accomplish that?"

The public meetings will be held in the Bend, Eugene; Medford, Portland and Salem between Feb. 12 and 20. (See below for scheduled dates, times and locations) All are planned as informal, walk-in sessions where Oregonians can visit with members of the search committee and other board members to share comments and ideas.

Current OUS Chancellor Joe Cox plans to step down from leading the Oregon University System later this summer. The search for his successor began recently when Willis' search committee was appointed.

Following are the dates, times and locations of the scheduled OUS "Public Conversations":
Ashland/Medford Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 to 9:30 a.m., Red Lion Inn, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.
Bend/Redmond Wednesday, Feb. 20, 4 to 6 p.m., East Dining Room, St. Charles Medical Center, Bend.
Corvallis/Eugene Thursday, Feb. 14, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Gumwood Rood, Erb Memorial Union, University of Oregon, Eugene.
Portland Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Room 229, Smith Memorial Center, Portland State University, Portland.
Salem Wednesday, Feb. 13, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Basement Room C, Public Service Building, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem.

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