February 23, 2001

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Finalists Named for Southern Oregon University Presidency

EUGENE - Three finalists are being considered to become the new president of Southern Oregon University, Ashland.

The finalists, named today by the Oregon University System include Marvin Henberg, vice president for academic affairs, Linfield College; Bryan M. Johnston, dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University; and Elisabeth A. Zinser, vice president of the University of Kentucky at Lexington.

All of the candidates will visit the SOU campus between Feb. 26 and Feb. 29 to participate in open forums with students, faculty and staff. They will also participate in final interviews with the members of the State Board of Higher Education.

Henberg is vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Linfield College. He also has served as director of Linfield's environmental studies program and director of the honors program at the University of Idaho. A former Rhodes Scholar, he has been a both a Danforth and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He earned his B.A. from Washington and Lee (Va.) University, M.S. from Oxford University in England and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Johnston is dean and professor of conflict management at Willamette. He served as the university's interim president in 1997-98 and as a representative in the Oregon Legislature from 1994 to 1998.
An attorney, he conducted private practice in dispute resolution and was a partner in Professional Training Services from 1990 to 1997. He has been a consultant with Nike, Inc.; State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF): State of Oregon; City of Seattle: State Farm Insurance: Farmer's Insurance: Federal Judicial Center; Bonneville Power Authority; Prestige Assisted Living; and Los Alamos County. He earned his B.S. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.

Zinser has been chancellor of the University of Kentucky-Lexington since 1995. She also has held presidencies at University of Idaho and briefly at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She also served as vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; senior administrative officer, professor and dean of nursing, University of North Dakota; and as vice president for interinstitutional education and program development for the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville. Her degrees include B.S. from Stanford University; M.S., University of California-San Francisco; S. M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley.

"We're extremely pleased with the caliber of our finalists," said Bill Williams, chair of the search committee. "All are highly experienced academic administrators and top-quality educators. We're excited to bring them to the campus to meet the SOU community and the OUS board."

Selection and appointment of the new SOU president is expected during a special meeting of the State Board in Ashland on Friday, March 2.


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