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Senate Confirms Intel's Jill Eiland to State Board of Higher Education

PORTLAND, February 15, 2010 – Governor Kulongoski’s appointment of Jill Eiland, Northwest Region corporate affairs manager at Intel Corporation, to serve on the State Board of Higher Education, was confirmed today by the Oregon State Senate. Eiland’s term on the Board will begin on March 1, 2010 and continue through June 30, 2013, at which time she will be eligible for re-appointment. She is replacing Board member Tony van Vliet of Corvallis, who served on the Board from 2004 to early 2010.

Paul Kelly, president of the Board, said, “We are delighted that Jill Eiland is joining the Board of Higher Education. As both a native Oregonian and the product of the Oregon University System, Jill is committed to improving access and success for students across the state. The diverse skills and expertise she brings to the board, and the fact that she is the beneficiary of a quality public education in Oregon, will provide a unique and valuable perspective to the Board’s work. Jill understands the strategic investments needed to improve student outcomes and strengthen Oregon’s workforce and economy, and will help the Board achieve its many initiatives related to student success.”

In her role as corporate affairs manager for Oregon, Washington and Colorado, Jill Eiland leads media, government, and community relations for Intel, as well as heading up its education outreach team and its philanthropic efforts at the company’s largest site. She is the national sponsor of the Intel Community Giving Campaign which raises millions for the United Way in the Northwest and nationally. Eiland also chairs the America Government Affairs Council at Intel.

Governor Kulongoski said, “Jill’s background as an advocate for educational access and quality will help our public universities to further their mission of increasing the number of Oregonians who can enter and succeed in college. I welcome her commitment and passion to ensure a strong economy through an increased number and diversity of skilled graduates in the state.”

Prior to joining Intel in 2006, Eiland was vice president of corporate communications for Knowledge Learning Corporation, and the director of government and public relations for KinderCare Learning Centers from 1997 to 2006; and was vice president of The Rockey Company, a regional public affairs firm, from 1994 to 1997. Other prior positions include director of public affairs for Portland General Electric; a principal of Edwards Associates in Washington, D.C.; and on the staffs of U.S. Senator Bob Packwood and the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.

 A native Oregonian, Eiland is committed to serving the state’s many communities as a member of the Portland Business Alliance, the Oregon Business Association Board, the TechAmerica Oregon Council Executive Committee, the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette Board, the Oregon Workforce Investment Board, the Oregon Global Warming Commission, the Oregon State University Business Dean’s Circle of Excellence, and the Oregon Higher Education Alliance. She has also served as chair of Portland Community College’s Foundation Board, and volunteers for many local political campaigns.

Eiland earned a B.A. in Business from Oregon State University, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.  She and her three children live in Portland.

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, go to


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