June 16, 2000 

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Portland Executive Elected to Head State Board

PORTLAND - Portland high technology executive Don VanLuvanee has been elected president of the State Board of Higher Education. VanLuvanee is president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., Portland.

He and vice president-elect Jim Lussier of Bend will begin one-year terms as new officers in August. 

VanLuvanee has served as a member of the State Board since 1998. He was recently nominated and confirmed for a new four-year term on the Board.

He currently serves on the Economic Development Joint Boards Working Group. Previously, he served as founding chair of the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industry Council, as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education and the Economy and founding director of the Philadelphia Technology Council. 

VanLuvanee attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in electrophysics. He serves on numerous nonprofit technology and business-related boards, as well as on the boards of NASDAQ-traded companies FEI Company (FEIC) of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Micro Component Technology (MCTI) of Minneapolis. 

Lussier is the president and CEO of St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He has served on the State Board since 1997. He serves on numerous community boards, including the Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Bend Community Progress Board.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Oregon and served as president of the Oregon Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1995-96.

The State Board of Higher Education is the policymaking body for the Oregon University System which includes Eastern Oregon University, La Grande; Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls; Oregon State University, Corvallis; Portland State University; Southern Oregon University, Ashland; the University of Oregon, Eugene; and Western Oregon University, Monmouth.

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