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of Higher Ed Announces Search Committee for EOU President
- The State Board of Higher Education (the "Board") today
announced the Search Committee for the Eastern Oregon University
Search Committee will be chaired by Oregon State Board of Higher
Education (OSBHE) member Roger Bassett, who is joined by two other OSBHE
members, Tom Imeson and Jim Lussier, who is also the Board chair.
EOU, faculty Search Committee members include: Ruth Davenport
(Education); Charles Lyons (Psychology); Jeff Vermeer (Accounting);
Sarah Witte (English/Writing). The EOU student search committee member
is Scott Pugrud; the EOU Administrator committee member is Anne
Patterson (Dean, Arts/Sciences); the EOU unclassified staff member on
the committee is Marie Hall (Distance Education, Pendleton); and the EOU
classified staff member on the search committee is Jody Potter (Database
the community on the EOU Search Committee is John Lamoreau (County
Commissioner); representing alumni is Gail McAllister (former OSBHE
member); and representative at large is David Thouvenel, Publisher of
the La Grande Observer.
Until a new president is selected, Dr. Dixie Lund has been appointed by the OSBHE as interim president of EOU beginning on June 1. Lund has been dean in EOU's Division of Distance Education since 1994, and has held several other positions at EOU since 1973. Lund succeeds Dr. Philip Creighton, who is leaving EOU to accept the presidency at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, beginning on August 1.
The Committee will begin their work in seeking a new president immediately, with a goal of appointing a new president by early next year.
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 eleven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information,
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