March 24, 1999           

Contact: Bob Bruce, (503) 725-5714
Source: Shirley Clark, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, (541) 346-5720

Director Appointed for Southwestern Oregon University Center

EUGENE - A British Columbia school administrator has been appointed to become the founding director of the Southwestern Oregon University Center.

Dr. Andrew Neill Duncan, currently chief executive officer and superintendent of the BC Gulf Islands School District, will begin his new full-time appointment in Coos Bay on April 1.

The new Southwestern Oregon University Center is a joint project of the Oregon University System and Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. Its establishment culminates two years of planning between OUSChancellor Joe Cox and Southwestern President Stephen Kridelbaugh.

The center will offer a range of baccalaureate degree completion programs, selected master's degree programs, and other outreach educational services designed to meet regional educational needs and to increase access to higher education for Oregonians living in the South Coast area.

The new director will work with Dr. Shirley Clark, OUS vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Phill Anderson, dean of instructional and student services at Southwestern, to establish its programs. The work will include assessing the needs and interests of South Coast residents and brokering with various colleges and universities to bring needed programs and services to the Center, using various technologies. It will also provide necessary academic and student services to help Southwestern's two-year programs effectively mesh with bachelor's degree completion programs.

"We are very pleased to join with our partners at Southwestern in creating a new center whose mission will be expanding access to higher education services and outreach for residents of the region," Clark said. "Working together, we expect to respond to market demands for a growing number of degree programs for OUS institutions that will be closely articulated with Southwestern's curriculum.

"Dr. Andrew Duncan will bring a high level of energy and resourcefulness, as well as community-based administrative expertise, to his new role as director of the Southwestern Oregon University Center."

"Southwestern is indeed fortunate to have someone with Andy's program and administrative experience and personal charm," Anderson said.

"His work as superintendent of the Gulf Islands School District, situated in the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia and comprised of numerous island schools, gives him unique insight into the issues to be faced in making access to higher education available to the widely dispersed population of the Oregon Coast."

Duncan has served in his current superintendency since 1996. He holds undergraduate degrees in education and mathematics from Oxford University in England, a master's degree from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and supervision from the University of Oregon. He has held other appointments as a school superintendent, a faculty position at Western Oregon University, and has provided training and technical assistance for the Northwest Regional Laboratory in Portland.

The Southwestern Oregon University Center will become the newest in a series of OUS outreach centers. The centers provided expanded regional access to higher education by offering programs at more convenient times and places. Similar academic partnerships exist at the Central Oregon University Center in Bend and the Capital Center in Beaverton. OUS universities are key program providers at the regional sites.

OUS institutions include Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande; Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls; Oregon State University, Corvallis; Portland State University; Southern Oregon University, Ashland; University of Oregon, Eugene; and Western Oregon University, Monmouth.

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