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March 4, 1999           



Contact: Bob Bruce (503) 725-5714
Source: Chancellor Joe Cox (541) 346-5700


Central Oregon Regional Advisory Board Appointed

EUGENE - A 12-member advisory board was named today to guide the development of expanded higher educational services for Central Oregon by Joe Cox, chancellor of the Oregon University System.

The Central Oregon Regional Advisory Board will provide counsel to the chancellor and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) in helping to bring full-service delivery of higher education programs to the region.

"The new advisory board will play a crucial role in shaping how we fulfill the needs of Central Oregon for higher education," Cox said, announcing the membership of the board. "Their counsel will help us identify the best ways to use advanced technologies and collaborative efforts to serve regional needs for degree programs and lifelong learning."

Three members of the new advisory group come from a joint working group that developed the Central Oregon plan approved by the State Board and the Central Oregon Community College (COCC) Board in December.

They are Robert W. Le Duc, independent management consultant, Bend; Jim Lussier, president and chief executive officer of St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, and Phyllis Wustenberg, farm-owner and a former university faculty member, Bay City. Le Duc will represent the COCC Board; Lussier and Wustenberg, the State Board of Higher Education.

Others named include:
Sally Collins, forest supervisor for the Deschutes National Forest, Bend;
Jerry Colonna, superintendent of schools, Redmond;
Anita Jackson, general manager of justice services and public safety for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Warm Springs;
John Costa, editor-in-chief, The Bulletin, Bend;
Patricia Moss, president and chief executive officer, Cascade Bancorp and Bank of the Cascades, Bend; Stephen Pyke, founder and principal of Fluence LLC, Sisters;
John Rhetts, former managing director of Waypoint Associates, Ltd., Bend;
Clark Satre, area manager, Pacific Power, Bend; and
Barbara Schenck, business consultant and writer, Bend.

Collins will serve as the chair of the Advisory Board, which is expected to hold its first organizational meeting in early April.

In December, both the State Board and the COCC Board approved a plan to explore joint-construction of a new building for the OUS University Center in Bend and add upper division programs by 2000. The Center, located on the COCC campus, serves as a broker for classes, programs and degrees currently offered in the region by 10 public and private universities. As offerings grow, all seven OUS campuses and many other public and private higher education institutions are expected to participate.

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